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Remembering Nassau legislator Peter Schmitt

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano attends the wake

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano attends the wake of Peter Schmitt, the Massapequa Republican who was also the Legislature's presiding officer. (Oct. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Schmitt, a Massapequa Republican who was often the point man in partisan bouts with Democrats in county government for two decades, died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, after "a massive heart attack" in County Executive Edward Mangano's office, officials said. He was 62.

The coffin of Peter Schmitt is brought into
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The coffin of Peter Schmitt is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service with his family following on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York.

Richie Kessel and legislators Judy Jacobs and Kevan
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Richie Kessel and legislators Judy Jacobs and Kevan Abrahams speak before Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Gullota and Linda
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Former Nassau County Executive Tom Gullota and Linda Mangano hug before Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Legislators Judy Jacobs and Nassau County Executive Edward
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Legislators Judy Jacobs and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano hug before Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said GOP County
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Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said GOP County Executive Edward Mangano's, "only plan is to borrow more and saddle future generations with insurmountable debt. Asking for $183 million with no road map to pay it back is unacceptable, and we will not support it." (Oct. 8, 2012)

Richie Kessel and legislator Judy Jacobs speak before
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Richie Kessel and legislator Judy Jacobs speak before Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Legislators Judy Jacobs speaks before Peter Schmitt's coffin
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Legislators Judy Jacobs speaks before Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Peter Schmitt's family stands by as his coffin
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Peter Schmitt's family stands by as his coffin is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York.

Massapequa, NY - Mourners walk Merrick Road follow
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Massapequa, NY - Mourners walk Merrick Road follow the hearse carrying Peter Schmitt's coffin from St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano,
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Massapequa, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, with his wife Linda, on right, and Deputy County Executive Rob Walker along with mourners walk Merrick Road follow the hearse carrying Peter Schmitt's coffin from St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Mourners pay their last respects
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Massapequa, NY - Mourners pay their last respects durining interment for Naussau County Legislator Peter Schmitt at his gravesight on Merrick Road on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - From left, Nassau legislator Wayne
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Massapequa, NY - From left, Nassau legislator Wayne Wink, Dave Dennenberg, Dennis Dunne, and Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino along with mourners walk Merrick Road follow the hearse carrying Peter Schmitt's coffin from St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Mourners pay their last respects
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Massapequa, NY - Mourners pay their last respects durining interment for Naussau County Legislator Peter Schmitt at his gravesight on Merrick Road on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano,
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Massapequa, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, with his wife Linda, on right, and Deputy County Executive Rob Walker along with mourners walk Merrick Road follow the hearse carrying Peter Schmitt's coffin from St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin at the
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Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin at the gravesight on Merrick Road on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought
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Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought out of St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought out of St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought out of St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's coffin is brought out of St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's family stands as
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Massapequa, NY - Peter Schmitt's family stands as his coffin is brought out of St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after the funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Former legislator Roger Corbin attends the wake for
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Former legislator Roger Corbin attends the wake for legislator Peter Schmitt on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Mourners attend the wake for legislator Peter Schmitt
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Mourners attend the wake for legislator Peter Schmitt on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in Massapequa, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp)

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray attends the
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Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray attends the wake for legislator Peter Schmitt in Massapequa. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano attends the wake
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano attends the wake of Peter Schmitt, the Massapequa Republican who was also the Legislature's presiding officer. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony Santino arrives at
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony Santino arrives at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, where Legislator Peter Schmitt was rushed today. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Ambulances and Nassau Police surround the Theodore Roosevelt
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Ambulances and Nassau Police surround the Theodore Roosevelt Building, where Legis. Peter Schmitt suffered a heart attack Wednesday. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 2nd from left,
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 2nd from left, arrives at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, where Legis. Peter Schmitt was rushed after suffering a heart attack in Mangano's office Wednesday. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 2nd left, arrives
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 2nd left, arrives at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola where Legislator Peter Schmitt was rushed today. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano arrives at Winthrop
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano arrives at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, where Legis. Peter Schmitt was rushed Wednesday. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 3rd from left,
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, 3rd from left, arrives at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola where Legis. Peter Schmitt was rushed today. (Oct. 3, 2012)

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