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The Republican presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Peter Schmitt of Massapequa, has promised to be independent of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano.

But in some cases he has been a careful shepherd of Mangano’s legislative agenda.

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Here is Schmitt’s comment Monday after Democrats tried to amend a bill on green energy that had been submitted by Mangano.

“If we have to, we will revisit the law at some future point because items change and situations change ... We’re not going to delay and we’re not going to delay moving forward on the program in the manner and fashion that it’s been recommended by the county executive, who is the one that is charged with developing programs. And the best thing we can do is get out of the way and let him develop the program, and that’s what this legislation does.”