Leftovers from the inauguration of Republican Edward Mangano as Nassau County executive on New Year’s Day.
1) Nassau County GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello was a no-show. Republicans said he was on vacation.
2) New state GOP Chairman Edward Cox was there, telling anyone who would listen how he planned to take back the state for the GOP.
3) Judging from his inaugural speech, “Absolutely,” appears to be Mangano’s favorite word, sometimes said back-to-back.
4) The ceremony was carried live by News 12, and people in the audience were so advised just before the noon start, but with a somewhat ominous overtone. An offstage voice said over the sound system: “If you don’t want to be seen on TV, leave the auditorium,” and go to an overflow room down the hall. With all the milling about, it was unclear if that prompted anyone to leave.
5) Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer delivered the obligatory thank-you’s in his remarks, including some nice words for another guest, Alfonse D’Amato, the Republican he defeated in 1998 after a race in which he used a Yiddish vulgarism to describe D’Amato. “From the day I became senator, he treated me with kindness and grace, and I thank Sen. D’Amato,” Schumer said.
6) An inside joke for Newsday readers: A list in the newspaper Thursday laid out 10 things Mangano said he wanted to do in 2010, including a promise not to forget his family. Newsday put a small headline on that item: “Remember to pick up milk on the way home.”
State Supreme Justice Stephen Bucaria approached the podium before administering the oath of office to Mangano and produced a plastic bag. “I present you now with a bottle of milk. Take this home,” the judge said.
7) Schumer went on at some length and fervor about Mangano’s middle-class background in what some pols in the audience saw as a slight against Tom Suozzi, who comes from an established political family. Mangano “comes from the salt of the earth, a middle-class family in Nassau County,” Schumer said. “... Ed Mangano, I say to you, ‘you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Nobody plucked you and put you in a position. You got here the old-fashioned way.’”