Balance of power in Nassau swings Republican

Nassau Republicans are celebrating after regaining control of the county legislature Tuesday for the first time in a decade.

The Democrats lost its 10-9 majority when Lawrence Republican Howard Kopel ousted five-term incumbent Jeff Toback from Oceanside.

Minority Leader Peter Schmitt, who expects to become the new presiding officer, says Republicans? first order of business will be to repeal County Executive Tom Suozzi?s home heating tax.

Schmitt says he?ll make up for the gap by cutting spending. That?s easier said than done according to former Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury).

Republicans have at least a one-seat majority as the 14th district race is up in the air.

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