Nov. 6 Special Election Set for Peter Schmitt’s Seat


Nassau Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt

Nassau County will hold a special election on Nov. 6 to fill the seat left by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, who died suddenly last week at the age of 62.


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On Election Day, candidates will be vying for the 12th legislative district seat that Schmitt had held since the legislature’s inception in 1996.

The district encompasses Massapequa, Massapequa Park, some of Seaford, and parts of North Massapequa.

Republican and Democrat party leaders have yet to announce who will be their potential candidates for the election, which is less than a month away.

A Democratic spokesman said it’s likely that a candidate will be announced within a week.

A Republican spokesperson wasn’t available for comment.

A wake was held this past weekend for Schmitt in Massapequa Park. Dozens of local and state lawmakers paid their respects to the veteran legislator who began serving as presiding officer in 2010 when Republicans took control of the legislature.

Friends and family said their final goodbyes Monday during a funeral mass at Saint Rose of Lima in Massapequa.

Schmitt, a powerful voice in Nassau politics for two decades, collapsed last week while entering a meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and County Comptroller George Maragos to discuss the budget.

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