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If only Nassau Democrats had listened....

Nassau Democrats, who lost the majority on the county legislature last November, can’t say they weren’t warned.

Last year on this site we recounted the political game played by then-Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove), before Democrats approved an unpopular 2.5 percent home-heating tax.  Yatauro stalled and delayed the vote for more than 8 hours — until all opponents had left the legislative chamber before getting a chance to speak.

The Feb. 24, 2009 item concluded:

“This was reminiscent of Aug.1999 when the county faced a similar financial crisis. Republicans, who then controlled the legislature, also waited hours for the protesting public to leave before approving a real-estate transfer tax.

As it turned out, the tax was so unpopular that voters three months later ousted the Republican majority.”


Paul Kosowski, of the Nassau County Civic Association, was one of those opponents who didn’t get a chance to speak a year ago.

He said this week that he subsequently  told Yatauro, now the legislature’s Minority leader,  that it “wasn’t the right thing to do.”

“I understood they didn’t want anyone to speak out against the bill. I told every one of them it was going to be political suicide. It was the straw that broke the camels back.”

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