Republicans take the reins in Nassau County

Republicans officially stepped into the majority of the Nassau County Legislature Monday, promising to move immediately on plugging the county?s budget deficit.

The 19-member body, including four new members, was sworn into office at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Leg. Peter Schmitt was elected new presiding officer. Republicans now control the body 11 to 8.

Schmitt says lawmakers are already working on financial issues like cutting the budget, making up for the shortfall and fixing the assessment system, which he says is broken.

Minority Leader Diane Yatauro says the Democrats will remain a vocal part of the Legislature, though admits this could be a tough time for her party.

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