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Funeral Arrangements Set for Peter Schmitt

Mass for longtime Nassau County legislator that represented part of Seaford to be held in Massapequa

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Nassau County Legislative Majority Leader Peter Schmitt 

The longtime county lawmaker, who died of a sudden heart attack Wednesday, will be buried in the cemetery at Old Grace Church on Merrick Road in Massapequa, Monday, according to a spokesman for legislative Republicans. There will be a funeral mass for Schmitt at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa Park at 11 a.m. Monday. A wake for Schmitt has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Massapequa Funeral Home's south chapel with viewing hours from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. both days.  

Schmitt was first elected to the County Legislature in 1995 and at the time of his death was serving his eighth term representing the 12th district, which includes parts of Seaford in addition to Massapequa, Massapequa Park and North Massapequa. He served as presiding officer and Majority leader of the legislature since 2010 and was deputy presiding officer from 1996 to 1999. 

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has ordered flags on all county buildings to fly at half staff until Tuesday.

Schmitt's death leaves the legislature deadlocked at nine Democrats and 9 Republicans.

Upcoming legislative sessions have been canceled, the spokesman said. 

Mangano must call an election to fill Schmitt's seat within 30 days beginning Thursday and the election must be held within 60 days.

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