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Nassau GOP Taps Mike Venditto to Run for Schmitt's Seat

Attorney for Town of Hempstead and son of Oyster Bay Supervisor nominated to run for open seat in Nassau County 12th legislative district.

Michael Venditto of Massapequa has been selected by Nassau Republicans to run for the open seat previously held by county Legis. Peter Schmitt prior to his sudden death of a heart attack at age 62 last week.

Venditto, an attorney and the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was nominated Thursday night to run on the Republican side in the 12th Legislative District, which includes Massapequa, Massapequa Park and parts of Seaford and North Massapequa.

Nassau Democrats have tapped lifelong Republican Joanne Maglione of Massapequa Park to run for the open seat. The special election, which was scheduled for Nov. 6, will determine which party controls the Nassau County Legislature, which after Schmitt’s death features nine Democrats and nine Republicans.

Venditto has served as legal counsel for the Hempstead Town Board since 2010. From 2006-2010, Venditto, a 2006 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, was the Town of Hempstead’s deputy attorney.

"Michael Venditto is the future of our community," Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph N. Mondello said in a statement. "He will work with County Executive Ed Mangano and the Republican majority to hold the line on taxes, cut wasteful county spending, and downsize county government in order to return Nassau to fiscal stability without raising taxes. While no one can fill Peter Schmitt's shoes, no one is better qualified to carry on his fight for Nassau taxpayers than Michael Venditto."

Venditto said if elected he wants to help Nassau County maintain its image as a top suburb in the U.S. by working to keep taxes as low as possible. He described himself as a "proud Republican" who would also be willing to work with Democrats on certain issues when they are in the best interest of his constituents. 

"I want to make sure the taxpayers and their interests stay at the top of the list," said Venditto, who added that Legislator Schmitt was a great friend to him. "I understand that I have very big shoes to fill from Peter and the great work he was doing." 

James Wilson October 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
As someone who served on student government with Mike, I got a chance to get to know him a great deal. We might not have agreed on every issue, but I always knew he was a principled and thoughtful person. If he wins this election, I am certain the people of Nassau County will have a great legislator who will look out for the constituents.
Lorraine DeVita October 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM
a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit of nepotism in the Republican party?
Barbara October 13, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Michael has earned this nomination. Nothing is handed on a silver plater. Michael recieved his degree, past the law exam, worked hard for the people in the Town of Hempstead. He earned the respect from many because he stands on his own. Those who think differently, simply do not know Michael. He is a great choice!
ed October 13, 2012 at 01:20 PM
More corruption of the Nassau GOP...Mondello, DaMato, Mangano and now Venditto.....and the robots of Massapequa still pull the lever for them!
vinny October 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Michael Venditto is clearly the right choice, Maglione doesnt even know what party shes in.

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