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Nassau Legislature Votes to Approve Redistricting

Although Denise Ford broke party lines, the Republican vote won, 10-8.

Nassau Republicans pushed forward Tuesday with their plan to redistrict the county, passing an amended map that Democrats say is clear gerrymandering into law, 10-8.

Republican Denise Ford, R-Long Beach, broke with party lines to join seven Democrats in voting against the measure. Robert Troiano, D-Westbury, was not present for the vote.

Democrats, during the special Tuesday session, took issue with the amendments added to the redistricting measure on May 16, and argued that another public hearing should take place.

“When you move 500,000 voters, you better tell them,” Minority Leader Diane Yatauro, D-Glen Cove, said. “It is not an amendment at all, but a substantial change.” She added, “There has been tremendous public opposition to your proposed redistricting."

Republicans had tabled the proposed redistricting last week after a New York State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on the process, but an appeals court judge stayed the order, allowing the legislature to move forward.

The issue lands back in court on May 26, where a judge will decide on the legality of the redistricting issue.

Bob May 25, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Redistricting at the county and state level needs to be done by non-partisan committees. Gerrymandering by either party is anti-democratic.
Bill Christofidis May 25, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Everyone should take offense to this comment. The nature of this comment is what is racist. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/website/GenericServices/docs/NassauCountyCharter_Dec2010.pdf 112-114
Bill Christofidis May 25, 2011 at 03:32 PM
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/website/GenericServices/docs/NassauCountyCharter_Dec2010.pdf 112-114
Bill Christofidis May 25, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Where does it say that in the County charter?
cc June 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM
what we need is honest leaders, not politicians. But then leaders become politicians and we get a screwing again. There is no thing as an honest politician. Show me one that leaves office with less money then when he arrived.

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