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Town of Hempstead hires demographic consultant for redistricting
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Brian Racow/Herald
The majority of attendees at a Town of Hempstead Board meeting on Tuesday came to voice concerns about the upcoming redistricting of councilmatic districts.

In response to questions from the public, a representative of the Town Attorney’s Office said that Skyline was not picked through a competitive bidding process. He said that other demographic consulting companies were considered, but he did not have their names available. He also said that he did not know whether Skyline had ever handled redistricting for a government controlled by the Democratic Party.

Several people raised concerns about whether the redistricting plan that the town will formulate with Skyline’s input will respect the constitutional principle of “one person, one vote.”

Claudia Borecky, president of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association, called for a bipartisan commission, not a private company, to carry out redistricting. “The Town of Hempstead [Board] is six Republicans and one Democrat. It’s not fair that you’ll just hire some company to do the maps that’ll gerrymander them for Republican votes,” Borecky said.

Murray responded that any allegations of gerrymandering are premature. “Aren’t you borrowing trouble, Ms. Borecky?” the supervisor said. “We just hired [Skyline], and you’re talking about maps that are going to be gerrymandered. I think you’re borrowing trouble.”

Young said after the meeting that he was “far from satisfied” with the answers and reassurances that the board gave. “The Town Democratic Committee is concerned about minority representation in the town’s west end, in the area around Elmont and Franklin Square,” Young said. “I hope that the board won’t gerrymander that area …We cannot disenfranchise these voters.”


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It is unfortunate that a process that is so important to all town residents will be conducted behind closed doors by a private entity. Also, why was the vote conducted with half the council missing, especially Councilwoman Goosby, the only minority member of the council? Sounds like a rubber stamp.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 | Report this

I just can not get past this part:

"The Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday approved a $5,000 contract with Schenectady-based Skyline Demographic Consultants Inc. to help with the town's upcoming redistricting."

I did some research:

Who is Skyline Demographic Consultants Inc?




Comes back to a private home in the middle of no mans land.

Means nothing yet, many people work out of their homes.

Not saying a website is necessary for a business but their is none that I can find.

Is the company called Skyline Demographic Consultants Inc or should

it be called Skyline Political Organization Inc.

Who is this David Schaefer with the company????

Note: don't be fooled by the word Skyline in the name it is the name of the street the address is located....

Sounds more like a made up company.

Where are their references?

Did the TOH check them out or is this another political scam?

Smells rotten really really rotten..

Please prove me wrong......

Sunday, February 24, 2013 | Report this
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