Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
The Democratic and Republican parties have announced candidates for the upcoming 12th Legislative District special election. The winner of the election will finish the unexpired term of Legislator Peter Schmitt, who passed away in early October.
The Democrats have nominated Joanne Maglione, although she describes herself as “a lifelong Republican.” Maglione is the former deputy county attorney and is a resident of Massapequa Park.
“I love living in Massapequa Park, but residents of our legislative district have had their political needs ignored for too long,” Maglione said in a statement. “I will not be a party-line candidate; I will work tirelessly to make sure that good, independent ideas get the voice they deserve in the Nassau County Legislature. As a lifelong Republican, I believe in defending the values we believe in, decreasing the tax burden on our families, preserving our neighborhoods so our future generation will want to raise their own families here, and keeping the size of our government in check. When elected, I will not roll over to the political needs of either party - I will fight for what our community believes in.”
The Republicans have nominated Michael Venditto, son of John Venditto, the Town of Oyster Bay supervisor. Venditto, is a resident of Massapequa and is a former deputy town attorney in the Town of Hempstead, and currently serves as counsel to the town board.
“Peter Schmitt’s leadership on the county legislature produced three consecutive years with no increase in county property taxes and the repeal of the Democrats’ home energy tax and four-year property tax hike plan,” Venditto said in a statement. “Peter also made the tough decisions necessary to reduce the size of the county workforce by 20 percent in order to right-size county government and put the county back on the road to fiscal health without sending residents a higher county property tax bill. I pledge to all the residents of the 12th District that I will work night and day to continue Peter’s fight for the hard-pressed taxpayers of Nassau County.”
County Executive Ed Mangano set the special election for Election Day, November 6. Republicans had held a razor thin majority of 10-9 in the legislature. With Schmitt’s death, the legislature is now split equally among Democrats and Republicans, so the outcome of this contest will determine the balance of power.
The 12th Legislative District encompasses Massapequa and Massapequa Park, as well as parts of North Massapequa and Seaford.