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“Grouch” might be the order of the day as Republicans assume control of the Nassau County Legislature on Monday.


That’s an “Oscar the Grouch” mug that the former presiding officer, Legis. Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) wants to give to the incoming presiding officer, Legis. Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa.)


The mug _given to Schmitt by his daughter_went missing months ago, just before the April 20 meeting of the legislature, causing a stir and a delay in starting as legislators and staff searched. In vain, it turned out.

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Yatauro said she has been looking on e-bay and in stores for a replacement and thought Monday might be good day to give a new mug to Schmitt, but there’s been no word over the holidays on whether she found it.


The 11 Republicans and 8 Democrats are scheduled to take their oaths of office at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City in a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. The first session of the legislature follows back at the Theodore Roosevelt Building. It’s tentatively scheduled for noon.

[UPDATE: She actually got him two mugs _ one a standard Oscar the Grouch, and one with Oscar the Grouch and the word "Scram" on it," a spokeswoman for Yatauro said later.]