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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Town Board OK’s redistricting plan
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Vikas Girdhar/Herald
Councilman Anthony Santino moderated the hearing on redistricting and addressed concerns of angry residents on April 9.

Deery told the Herald that the maps presented by the Democratic Committee and League of Women Voters of Nassau County would have actually been counter-productive with regard to the voice of minorities.

“The town’s councilmanic redistricting vigorously safeguards the voting rights of minority voters,” Deery said. “[The] two alternative council district maps presented by other organizations at the April 9 meeting actually diluted the voting power of certain minority communities in council district one. Indeed, one of the alternative maps actually split the Village of Hempstead in half, dividing it between two council districts, thereby weakening the voice of the largest geographic community in our township with a substantial minority population.”

Supervisor Murray and Councilman Darcy were both unavailable for comment.

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