Chief of Nassau County Legislature Dies

A spokesman says Peter Schmitt died Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack during a meeting in the county executive's office

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012  |  Updated 5:07 PM EDT
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Chief of Nassau County Legislature Dies

Nassau County Legislature

Peter Schmitt

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A longtime Nassau County lawmaker who served as the county legislature's presiding officer has died.

A spokesman says Peter Schmitt died Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack during a meeting in the county executive's office. He was 62.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano issued a statement calling Schmitt a dedicated public servant. He ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in the lawmaker's honor. Similar tributes were released by political friends and foes.

Schmitt represented the Massapequa area in the county legislature since 1996.

He was a conservative Republican and staunch anti-tax advocate.

He is survived by a wife, daughter and grandchild.

A special election will be scheduled to fill his unexpired term. His death leaves the legislature evenly split between nine Democrats and nine Republicans.

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