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Remembrance marred by forgetfulness in Nassau

The annual Holocaust Remembrance Day hosted by the Nassau County Legislature was Thursday. It was sparsely attended, perhaps 25 people, and was heavy with the Republican allies and constituents of this year’s organizer, Legis. Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence.)

A couple of Democratic legislators said they had not been invited by the new Republican majority. And they pointed out that last year’s session, which they ran when they were in the majority, resulted in full house of more than 200 people in the Legislative Chamber.

Kopel did not return telephone calls for comment, but a spokeswoman for the Republican majority said she was told that Kopel’s office had sent out a news release about the event on March 30, but had neglected to send invitations.

The Democrats said they did not recall seeing the news release.

The first featured speaker, the Rev. Reginald Tuggle of First Memorial Presbyterian Church of Roosevelt, was a no-show. Tuggle said later he had gotten a telephone call several weeks ago asking him to attend, but he never got an invitation to remind him, and he had forgotten.

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi attended last year. County Executive Edward Mangano did not attend Thursday. “The county executive had a meeting he could not move,” a spokesman said, so he sent a representative.


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