JERICHO - A war of words has broken out between two Nassau County leaders.

Last Friday, Democratic Legislator Dave Denenberg spoke with News 12 Long Island and criticized County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) for being too slow in getting federal stimulus funds to fix area roads.

Mangano's office denied the charge and a few days later, released a statement saying that Denenberg's concern over road safety "defies his own record." The statement points to a police report in which another driver claimed Denenberg started a road rage incident.

According to Denenberg, he was the victim of road rage and that the confrontation had no place in Mangano's press release. The district attorney's office also says that it reviewed the case and found no criminality on Denenberg's part.

Political observers say Denenberg is a possible opponent to run against Mangano in the next election.

Political analyst Larry Levy warns that when it comes to personal attacks, politicians need to tread carefully.

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