Democrat Corbin makes power move in Nassau Legislature battle
Legislator Roger Corbin (D-Westbury) is making a push to become presiding officer as the battle for control of the Nassau Legislature continues to escalate.
Corbin is looking for support among majority Democrats who have already thrown their favor towards another member of the party, Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead). But with dissident Democrats Corbin and Lisanne Altmann (D-Great Neck) not voting along party lines, minority Republicans were able to earn nine of the 19 votes for Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa). Abrahams only received eight votes.
In spite of the vote count for Schmitt, a judge ruled Wednesday that a clear majority of 10 votes must be reached to elect a presiding officer. He ordered the legislature to re-vote until that majority is reached, setting the stage for Corbin's push unless Democrats want control to fall in the Republicans' hands. Related Stories: Nassau Legislature must hold re-vote on presiding officer Power struggle continues in Nassau Legislature as reps vote on officials Judge rules in favor of Democrats in Nassau political power struggle Nassau leadership battle put on hold until next week Long Island Democrats vote out highest-ranking official Last-minute twist in power play for presiding officer in Nassau Legislature Power play could knock Nassau County presiding officer out of her post