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The new deputy presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature has taken an active role in legislative proceedings in his first two months.


Legis. John Ciotti (R-North Valley Stream) jumps in frequently to chide Democrats or steer witnesses, often without asking to be recognized by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), who sits next to him.


Ciotti cuts in and then argues, sometimes at length, often with Democrats Kevan Abrahams of Hempstead, Wayne Wink of Rosyln and David Denenberg of Merrick.

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Schmitt does not cut Ciotti off, usually, and intervenes only when Democrats complain that they had the floor before the interruption.


Ciotti went a bit too far Monday when he jumped into the conversation while a fellow Republican, Legis. Denise Ford of Long Beach, was questioning a speaker.


“John. I have the floor,” Ford said sharply.


Ciotti, who had spent much of the session sparring with Democrats, clammed up.


Schmitt never had to lift his gavel.

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