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Nassau GOP lawmaker breaks silence, supports sewer deal

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is runnning for a vacant State Senate seat, said on Thursday he supports Republican County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to have a private company manage Nassau’s sewer system for 20 years, but still wants to know what his constituents think of the deal before making any decisons.

“I think it's going to provide the necessary repairs and...

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Nassau Democrat received more $$ from sewer firm than Mangano

As Nassau’s Rules Committee prepares to vote Friday on a contract to pay United Water more than $1.1 billion over 20 years to manage the county’s sewer system, a review of campaign disclosure reports shows that the New Jersey-based company and its Long Island chief executive officer, Gary Albertson, contributed more money to Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) than to Republican County Executive...

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Nassau legislator clashes with rival, and his leader

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) and David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who are running against each other for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, had their first public debate several weeks ago during a Planning Committee meeting about a bill intended to revive a dormant water resources advisory board.

Venditto, who chairs the committee, said the board was needed...

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Political moves and votes at Nassau legislature

It's been an upside-down day Monday at the Nassau Legislature, as a Republican lawmaker is voting with Democrats against raising fees, and an expelled Democratic legislator is voting with Republicans on some items.

Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is running for state senate against fellow Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), has voted against the first few of myriad fee increases...

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Nassau Legis. Venditto files bill to ban 'puppy mills'

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) has filed legislation that would prevent the sale of dogs and cats bred in puppy or kitten “mills.” Venditto’s proposal, announced on Wednesday, comes after the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill designed to stop pet stores from selling puppies and kittens raised in mills that animal advocates have decried as being inhumane...

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