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Tea-partyers: The difference a year makes

After being shunned last year, Tea Party activists are a popular audience now for the elected.
A group of fiscal conservatives, including members from the Nassau County Civic Association, the Rockville Centre Tea Party Patriots, the Conservative Society for Action and the Town of Hempstead Civic Council, had lunch Nassau’s Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) last week. They see Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano next. A meeting is being set with Nassau Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa). And Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy will speak at Nassau Civic’s next meeting.
Paul Kosowski, of Nassau Civic, acknowledged times have changed since he waited six hours in vain at the Nassau legislature last year to try to speak against the proposed home-heating tax, but couldn’t get recognized by then-Presiding Officer Yatauro.
“It’s because of the recent election. People are seeing what happened,” Kosowski said. “I think its a great thing. I’ve always wanted to work with both sides.”

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