Can Peter Schmitt of Massapequa, the Nassau County Legislature's new presiding officer, tell the future?
That's what at least one of the legislature's Democrats, Minority Leader Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove, said she wondered after learning that Schmitt had set the 25th's full legislative agenda on the 15th, before the items had even gone before committees.
She said, “Peter Schmitt [with whom she switched roles this year] has the gavel, but it now seems that he also has a crystal ball and can predict how everyone will vote.”
Of course, with an 11-8 majority, the Republican leader hardly needed a crystal ball to know which items would pass.
Although the rules require that agenda calendars come seven days prior to the meeting date, the previous Democratic leaders waited until after the items went before committees. In this case, the committees did not see them until Tuesday.
Ed Ward, Schmitt's spokesman, said the calendar was just set up and ready to go. "Unlike the Democrats, we are concerned with getting the agendas out and meetings started on time."