February 14, 2013 | 424 views
Rockville Centre Letters to the Editor, Week of Feb. 14
We need fair
To the Editor:
The Nassau County Legislature must approve a redistricting plan by March 5. To this end, it set up a bipartisan commission last spring and gave it a budget of $500,000. The commission consisted of five Republican and five Democratic commissioners, with a Republican chairperson. The idea was for them to come up with a collaborative plan that balanced the population of each legislative district.
Unfortunately, there was no collaboration. On Christmas Eve the Republicans posted a plan online. Hundreds attended the only hearing held on that plan on, Jan. 3. Only two of the 50 people who spoke supported the plan. Despite that, the plan was submitted to the County Legislature for approval by the Republican commissioners.
Although the majority of voters in Nassau County are Democrats, this plan is so gerrymandered that it results in only seven of the 19 districts ending up with a Democratic legislator. Even worse, to achieve this result, numerous communities are split up. A good part of Garden City is in a district that runs through Carle Place, and into Bethpage and Hicksville. Rockville Centre is divided into three sections. All the homes west of Hempstead Avenue, all the way up to Mercy Hospital, are part of the Lynbrook district.
The proposed Republican plan is so outrageous that a neutral coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters, was motivated to develop an alternative map that balances the population in each district but keeps communities together. I urge my friends and neighbors to support this reasonable and fair alternative by calling County Executive Mangano at (516) 686-4260 and letting him know that we want our redistricting done in a way that serves the interests of our communities, not the interests of our politicians.
Doesn’t want a Suozzi comeback
To the Editor: