Cops fix flat for county car used by Schmitt

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Although Nassau’s Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt has been at odds with the county’s police, they responded when he called for assistance last week.

After driving home the county car assigned to the GOP legislative majority, the Massapequa Republican came out of his house last Wednesday to find a flat tire. His office called for help.

“The police came and fixed it,” said Schmitt spokesman Ed Ward. “It’s not a big deal. He used it. He got a flat tire.”

Ward said the 2003 car is generally used as a pool car by the Republicans’ photographers, but their only fulltime staffer was on vacation last week.

Schmitt was found in contempt of court this month for disclosing confidential information about an investigation into police misconduct. The Nassau PBA requested the contempt ruling.

In 2007, then-Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman created a stir when he called police to pull his county car out of the ice-bound driveway of his Great Neck home.

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