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Peter Schmitt Watch

Keeping tabs on Nassau County Legislator Peter J. Schmitt. The truth is here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Schmitt Loses Front Page

This past weeks editon of the Massapequan Observer had it's usual picture submitted by Schmitt... but it was on page 2.
What was on Page 1?
A picture of Leg. Dave Mejias and Schmitt challenger Craig Heller.
Schmitt is remarkably consistant with getting his picture in the local papers but this time he didn't make the front page.
We expect a re-doubling of efforts on Pete's part and a flurry of photos in subsequent issues.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

EXCLUSIVE!!! Schmitt off of Conservative Line?

According to well-placed sources, the Conservative Party ballots which contained Schmitt's name was walked and witnessed by a Republican Party member not a Conservative Party member as required by election law.
As of now, Schmitt is off of the "C" line.
More to come....

Monday, July 25, 2005

Back from Vacation

Been out of the country for 10 days and things get backed up here at Schmitt Watch.
Regular updates to start tomorrow.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Live in Nassau? Indeed.

"The Republican delegation strongly believes that the people who run Nassau County should live and pay taxes in Nassau County," - From a Press Release issued by the Republican Minority.

Schmitt's legislative aide/spokesperson Scott McMahon most recently called his home East Northport (Long Island Press, July 8, 2004). One need not be a cartographer to place East Northport in Suffolk County.

According to the story, Schmitt admits "When he came to work for the legislative minority... he didn't exist in Nassau County."

Will Scott McMahon be let go?

There He Goes Again

From the 5/20/05 Long Island Press:
Schmitt had some funny things to say.

"Taxing Tom Suozzi and his Ten Little Indians in the legislature think what’s happening is fine 1,” boomed Legislative Minority Leader Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa). “But,” he went on, “we have seen their plan for Nassau County, and it’s a disaster.”2

Schmitt condemned the Democratic majority for raising property taxes3, increasing countywide spending4 and cutting the number of police officers on the street 5 –all to shouts of support from the crowd."6

Gee, where do we start.

1) Nassau County is recovering and doing better than when Schmitt was in charge.
2) The plan for Nassau County is not let the fiscal malfeasence of Schmitt and his republican cronies bankrupt the county.
3) Property taxes were raised 3 years ago. 19%. That's it. Without the increase, the county would have been taken over by a control board. Schmitt in 2001 said about NIFA if they take over; "A control board would slash programs to balance the budget," he [Schmitt] warned and added that if a control board does eventually take over, "you can’t vote them out of office if you dislike their decisions."
4) Countywide spending only increased with non-discretionary spending. Schmitt knows what that is. He spoke about it back in 2001.
The story says "Schmitt later said that 75 percent of what the County spends is mandated. And the County, he reminded the audience, does not receive the lion’s share of its residents’ property tax dollar. Sixty-five cents goes to the school district, nineteen cents goes to the County and fourteen-cents goes to the Town, explained Schmitt."
5) There was never a "cut" in the police force. That's an outright lie. Schmitt can' help himself. Because of Schmitt's mishandling of county finances, there wasn't enough money to replase retiring officers. Schmitt knows this but willingly lies.
6) Isn't it sad that republicans applaud lies?