Nassau legislators pull plug on pay hikes

The Nassau County Legislature unanimously voted Monday to rescind hefty raises for three top lawmakers.

Republican Majority Leader Peter Schmitt had approved 47 percent pay hikes for himself and two other legislative leaders.

Schmitt says he decided to turn down the raise due to Nassau's $90 million shortfall in sales tax revenue, not public pressure. Democrats say the vote isn't a solution and are calling for a change to the county charter.

"This is one of those problems that we need to pay attention to ? cramming and ramming a raise through," said Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D).

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