Spin Cycle

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After unleashing a firestorm of criticism and handing his Democratic detractors an instant issue, Nassau Minority Leader Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) has backed off his move for fat raises for himself, aides and the Democratic leader. Schmitt's stated rationale for his clumsy bury-it-in-the-Saturday-paper retreat is reported in this story by Sid Cassese.