Plan would name Nassau Legislature chamber for Schmitt

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Nassau's legislative chamber would be named for late

Nassau's legislative chamber would be named for late PO Peter Schmitt under a measure in committee Monday. Photo Credit: John Paraskevas, 2001

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Peter Schmitt spent nearly two decades in Nassau’s legislative chamber, passing laws, deliberating county budgets and engaging in fierce debates with Democratic colleagues.

On Monday, three months after the Republican Massapequa lawmaker died of a heart attack, the legislature’s rules committee will vote to rename the Mineola assembly room the Peter J. Schmitt Memorial Legislative Chamber.

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“Peter served the county well for 17 years,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), who assumed the gavel in November after Schmitt’s death. “You may not have agreed with everything he did but he was truly a dedicated public servant.”

A plaque, and possibly a portrait of Schmitt, will be erected in the chamber, Gonsalves said.

Democrats are expected to support the measure, due to come before the full legislature next Monday.

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