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Peter Schmitt, the Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature, died on Wednesday.

The Republican lawmaker was the Majority Leader and was elected to the first Nassau County Legislature in 1995 and served the 12th district which encompasses Massapequa, Massapequa Park and portions of Seaford and North Massapequa.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a statement saying:  "Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant. 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. Peter was a loving husband, father and most recently a doting grandfather. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife Lois, his daughter Samantha and his entire family. Nassau County is a better place because of Peter's leadership, commitment and compassion and he will be greatly missed."

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams issued a statement saying:  "Our entire caucus is shocked and saddened by the passing of Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt. He was an iconic leader of our Legislature since its inception in 1995. Through his career spent in public service he has left an indelible mark on Nassau County. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The Republican lawmaker was the Majority Leader and was elected to the first Nassau County Legislature in 1995 and served the 12th district which encompasses Massapequa, Massapequa Park and portions of Seaford and North Massapequa.

Statement from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a statement saying:  "Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant. 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. Peter was a loving husband, father and most recently a doting grandfather. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife Lois, his daughter Samantha and his entire family. Nassau County is a better place because of Peter's leadership, commitment and compassion and he will be greatly missed."

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