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A reader writes to note that Nassau CE Edward Mangano has created an electronic petition where county residents can demand that state legislators approve his bills on reforming property tax assessments.

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The reader asked: doesn’t the county pay big bucks to professional lobbyists to influence state legislators?

It does have professional lobbyists, a Mangano spokesman said. Brian Meara of Meara, Avella and Dickinson (contract for $24,000) and Bob Bishop (contracts for $45,000 and $15,000.)