Scannell calls for bipartisanship
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One area Scannell predicts negotiations will focus on is funding for area youth groups, like the Rockville Centre-based Hispanic Brotherhood, many of which have lost much of their county funding. “The Republican budget completely zeroed out the youth groups in the county,” Scannell said. “Magarita Grasing does a great job, but her budget was zeroed out too,” he added, referring to the Hispanic Brotherhood’s executive director. “That’s one of the places we’ll be looking to negotiate with the Republicans.”
According to the county charter, Mangano had 60 days after Schmitt’s death to declare a special election to replace him, and was required to give 30 days’ notice. Though Scannell said on Oct. 5 that he didn’t believe there was enough time to prepare for a special election on Nov. 6, Mangano issued an executive order to do so last weekend.
“In light of the person he was, the amazing advocate he was, it’s important that we don’t rush the process,” Scannell said last Friday, before Mangano issued the order.
But there are obvious advantages to expediting the vote. Since voting machines will already be prepared and county workers will be deployed at polling places, the county will not incur the cost of holding a separate special election.
The Democratic and Republican committees will choose candidates for it.
Schmitt was first elected to the Legislature in 1995. The 12th District encompasses Massapequa and Massapequa Park as well as parts of Seaford and North Massapequa.
“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” Mangano said on Twitter. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the Legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.