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'Roger & Me' remade: L.I. Conservatives face off in snow

The head of the Nassau County Conservative Party got into a snowy altercation with intraparty protesters outside a Westbury catering hall last week.

Roger Bogsted was driving into Westbury Manor for a breakfast fund-raiser Thursday morning when he stopped his car near the entrance and pulled an anti-Bogsted sign out of a snowbank. He later said that it was blocking the entrance sign and he did not want others attending the breakfast to miss the turnoff.

Protester Robert Kosowski tried to get the sign back, and in the ensuing fracas, Bogsted claimed he was hit in the head and Kosowski claimed his property — the sign — was taken by force.

Kosowski, an attorney and part of an anti-Bogsted faction in the Conservative Party, said Bogsted had no right to remove the sign. [For Kosowski's version of events, see his video montage here.

Police were called and two Nassau County Police patrol cars showed up. A sergeant talked to all concerned and it was decided that no charges would be brought.

Bogsted said he was still unsure about pressing charges, and did not do so at the time because he had a flight to Italy he did not want to miss.

UPDATE: A Nassau County police spokesman, Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone, said Tuesday that there was “a very slight physical altercation, more of a verbal thing.”
“We documented the incident ... no one was interested in pressing charges,” Repalone said.

PS: Photos of the event seem to show that Bogsted violated a rule of the road by not removing a thick coat of snow from the top of his car.

PPS: One sign read: “Write in Christian Browne.” Browne, of Rockville Centre, said he had nothing to do with the protest, and that one of the protesters had used the back of one of his 2009 Independence Party Primary signs in the 5th LD to create a new sign.

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