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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.

Frank Scarangella May 24, 2011 at 09:19 PM
if the democrats are angre it good for the taxpayer....push them out......
Carol Kramer May 24, 2011 at 09:44 PM
This is truely tragic. It's not about which party wins, it's about an illegal, immoral and RACIST -- YES RACIST -- gerrymandering effort by exceedingly smarmy people who are afraid of adressing issues in a straightforward manner. Certain of these alleged leaders make the old-time politicians we make fun of seem like angels. Shame on them!
The Truth May 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM
asks, how exactly is it illegal? immoral? racist?
Hollingsworth May 25, 2011 at 03:11 AM
It's illegal because the Republican legislators ignored a restraining order making it illegal to use these maps for this November. If an ordinary individual ignores a restraining order, they are put in jail. It is immoral because: 1. Mangano hired an election attorney with a reputation for disenfranchising voters as the “county attorney” and then awards $1 million contracts to his old law firm to handle the regular county defenses . 2. The county attorney is not responsible for drawing the maps. A bipartisan committee of 5 Dems and 5 Reps are supposed to draw the maps in time for the 2013 elections. 3. A county attorney represents both the Democrats and Republican legislators. He is not the Majority Counsel. He can’t take a side and yet he hired a consultant for $75,000 to handle the anticipated litigation from the Dem legislators. If a county attorney represents both parties, how can he hire counsel to fight the Democrats, spend $75,000 without consent or knowledge from the whole legislature? 4. Schmitt asked the county attorney to redistrict on April 15, yet he spent $18,000 on redistricting software over a month before he supposedly asked the county attorney to redistrict. It’s racial since they claim that it is correcting a deviation in population in the minority districts, yet it is only 1% different than it was in 2000; it dilutes the minority vote. And Schmitt wouldn’t allow the Hempstead mayor, a town councilwoman or the NAACP to speak at the hearing.
An tUasal Airgead May 25, 2011 at 03:34 AM
The article above that you are commenting on states the following; - 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. -
GOPgrump May 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM
"illegal because the Republican legislators ignored a restraining order." The appeals court ruled otherwise "immoral because: "1. ...reputation for disenfranchising voters" Reputations are subjective opinions. "awards $1 million contracts" If it's not illegal, why is it immoral? "2. county attorney not responsible for drawing the maps." Says you "5 Dems and 5 Reps are supposed to draw the maps in time for the 2013 elections." They will after November 2011. Constitutional issues require fast action or the dems will just contest the 2011 election results. "3. A county attorney represents both the Democrats and Republican legislators." He does "hired a consultant for $75,000 to handle litigation from the Dem legislators. Who else should he expect will sue? " 4. Schmitt asked the county attorney to redistrict on April 15, yet he spent $18,000 on redistricting software over a month before" What do you have against preparation. "It’s racial since ... yet it is only 1% different; it dilutes the minority vote." Too much shifting or not enough? Make up your mind. Every loudmouth who stepped up to the podium yelled that the changes violated their rights. According to them, it was fine the way it was. And even so, how is that racial? "Schmitt wouldn’t allow the Hempstead mayor, a town councilwoman or the NAACP to speak at the hearing." Bullshit!
Danielle May 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Why didn't Troiano attend?
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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