Nassau legislator to reverse pay raise measure

(AP) - A Long Island politician says he'll try toreverse a measure that gave him and two other colleagues pay raisesaveraging 42 percent.

Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt says he'll propose rescindingpay raises passed Monday by fellow Republicans in the Nassau CountyLegislature.

Democratic Minority Leader Diane Yatauro had refused to accepther 42 percent raise. Deputy Presiding Officer John Ciotti hadn'tcommented on his 35 percent raise.

In announcing his decision, Schmitt cited Friday's report thatsays Nassau County faces an $89 million shortfall in last year'stax receipts.

He also says he was influenced by the Long Island PowerAuthority's reversal of a planned 2 percent raise for its employeesand a federal report revealing that average raises for U.S. workerslast year were the lowest in decades.

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