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Nassau County Legis. Francis X. Becker back on the job

Francis X. Becker Jr. on June 29, 2007.

Francis X. Becker Jr. on June 29, 2007. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Legis. Francis X. Becker, Jr. (R-Lynbrook), an original member of the 20-year-old lawmaking body, has returned to work after suffering a heart attack last month.

"It's hard to believe that just two weeks ago, I wasn't feeling all that good," Becker said Wednesday. "Not only was I back to work Monday, but I felt really good."

Becker, who said he received a stent for a blocked artery and a defibrillator to kick his heart into action if it stops or slows, had already announced this would be his last term as a legislator.

Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick said Becker fell ill on May 30 and had his daughter, Diana, and her boyfriend drive him to the hospital.

Lawmakers said he was a welcome sight.

"I was thrilled to see Fran Becker back in action on Monday," said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow). "His presence gave all the members of the county legislature a lift."

Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), also an original member of the legislature, said she, too, was happy he's back. "We didn't always agree, but we respect each other, and he's a very likable guy," she said.

Becker said last month that when he leaves office he would like to work part-time in the administration of County Executive Edward Mangano, another original member of the legislature. He said Wednesday he's still interested, but there had been no real discussion on the subject.

Mangano did not address it, but said: "Legislator Becker's recovery and return is terrific news as he is a tireless advocate for the residents of Nassau County."

Becker said he still has much to do as a legislator. "I'll be working right through December," he said.

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