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As was clear at public meetings this week, the firm selected by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to run the county sewer system has hired some major local political muscle.

Before submitting its bid proposal last summer, New Jersey-based United Water hired Bruce Blakeman, Nassau’s former GOP presiding officer, and former Assemb. Tom Alfano, a Republican from North Valley Stream, to serve as “advisors” on county issues.

“Our role is to consult on local issues,” said Blakeman, who led the legislature from 1996-1999.

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The two ex-politicos, who appeared at Thursday's public meeting on the sewer plan at the county executive building in Mineola, are advising United Water on Nassau’s political makeup, environmental concerns and economic issues, Blakeman said.

“It’s not just political,” Alfano said. “It’s community-based … We know the people in the community and the decision makers.”