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Spellcheck at the Nassau County Legislature

There’s an adage among lawyers that you should not ask a witness a question unless you know the answer. Otherwise, you might get embarrassed.

Nassau County Legis. Richard Nicolello asked a witness a question Monday, and he didn’t even get the question right.

Nicolello playfully asked Casey Durant, an 8th grade spelling champ from New Hyde Park if she could spell “monherr.”

Durant, who won the Long Island Spelling Bee on March 11th, leaned into the microphone in the legislative chamber. “That’s ‘mynherr,’” she said, “m-y-n-h-e-r-r.”

As Nicolello left the dais and walked toward Durant to give her an plaque, Legis. John Ciotti (R-North Valley Stream) turned on his microphone and waited for Nicolello to join Durant at the podium.

“Hey Rich,” he said. “Can you spell embarrassed?”

For those of you who missed the Newsday story March 12th about Durant’s victory — the word that put her over the top was “constituent.”

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