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From The Desk Of Legislator Judy Jacobs: March 22, 2013

Thoughts On Redistricting

Redistricting should be non-political and fair. Unfortunately, it never is. The way redistricting is done in most areas leads to distrust, aggravation and unfair results. Such is the case in Nassau County as we all struggled through the redistricting saga.

My strong suggestion on the day of the vote, which, by the way, received some support from Republicans, is to have redistricting occur by a non-political, good government committee, with the final approval being given to a Magistrate. The League of Women Voters comes to mind since they worked tirelessly in this process, only to be ignored once the lines were drawn.

The first time redistricting took place was in 1995; the second time was in 2003, and now this map comes in 2013. The 1995 and 2013 maps were drawn while Republicans were in power and the 2003 map was drawn when the Democrats were in power. In each case, the end result created antagonism and distrust by the residents. However, nothing equaled the extent of the movement in the county in this present map. It placed more than one incumbent in one district to insure the loss of one legislator. This is a windfall for the party in power as it would gain seats just by the elimination of a present legislator.

Understand that we have redistricted three times since the inception of the Legislature. It is mandated that this process take place every ten years and should only create change to keep up with the census. However, the census numbers only changed in one district, but that did not stop the utter chaos which ensued in all the districts. Approximately 340,000 residents were moved as a result.

I am heartbroken that in my case, beginning in January of 2014, the 16th Legislative District will no longer represent voters north of Jericho Turnpike, which means losing half of Syosset and Woodbury (my hometown and school district), all of Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Oyster Bay Cove and various villages. I will be representing Plainview/Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury (south of Jericho Turnpike), a portion of Roslyn Heights, a portion of Old Westbury and various small parts of neighboring communities.

What is, is! But we can, and should, do better for you, regardless of your registration. I will work diligently in a bi-partisan manner to attempt to move the process to a more well thought out way and regain public trust.   Believe me, if you were present during the vote on Tuesday, March 5, and heard the people speak their hearts out to all of us, you would understand,

I love what I do and I am humbled and honored to have served for 18 years. Please visit me at www.judyjacobsnassau.com; or call at 571-6216; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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