Funeral arrangements set for Nassau lawmaker Peter Schmitt

MINEOLA - Funeral arrangements are now in place for Nassau Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt who died yesterday of a massive heart attack.

A wake is set for this Saturday and Sunday at the Massapequa Funeral Home on Merrick Road in Massapequa Park.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday at Saint Rose of Lima in Massapequa. Schmitt will then be laid to rest at Grace Cemetery near the church.

The influential Republican lawmaker collapsed yesterday at a county budget meeting.

The 62-year-old served the Massapequa area since the Legislature was formed in 1995.Flags are at half-staff at county buildings. The county's legislative chamber sat empty today. Several scheduled meetings have been postponed or canceled in the wake of Schmitt's death. When county business resumes, the Legislature will be split evenly between nine Democrats and nine Republicans, and a special election will be held to fill Schmitt's seat. County Executive Ed Mangano's (R-Nassau) office declined to comment on the legislative process until Tuesday, after Schmitt has been laid to rest.

Nassau lawmaker Peter Schmitt dies at age 62

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 1 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 2 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business
According to police, Christopher Vorisek, of Farmingville was 3 Man arrested for DWI after fatal motorcycle crash in Selden
The blaze broke out at the Davidson Avenue 4 Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Lynbrook
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 5 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.