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Francis X. Becker, original Nassau legislator, hospitalized after heart attack

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

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

Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook) remained hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick said.

Becker, 62, is one of the original members of the county legislature that was formed in 1996.

Becker, whose family had led Republicans in Lynbrook for most of the past 70 years, resigned as GOP leader last year after a decade in the position. Early last month, he announced he would not run again for the legislature.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Tuesday tweeted, "Our prayers are with Legislator Fran Becker & family. We wish him a speedy recovery."

When he announced his decision not to seek re-election, Becker said he might take a part-time position in Mangano's administration. Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said "there were discussions" about a job for Becker.

Hendrick, a friend of the Becker family for more than 30 years, said just before going to South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside to see Becker Tuesday that he learned of Becker's condition from his brother, village trustee Hilary Becker.

"We're all holding our breath and saying a prayer," Hendrick said in a telephone interview. "We're all very much surprised by this. He was in good health. He didn't have any vices."

He said Becker fell ill Saturday and had his daughter, Diana, and her boyfriend drive him to the hospital.

Becker twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress against former Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. His grandfather, Frank Becker, had been a congressman.

Family members asked that friends not visit Becker at the hospital for a couple of days so he could rest as much as possible.

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