Written by Judy Jacobs Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
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I am heartbroken that in my case, beginning in January of 2014, the 16th Legislative District will no longer represent voters north of Jericho Turnpike, which means losing half of Syosset and Woodbury (my hometown and school district), all of Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Oyster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,
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s 'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.
“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.
Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.
“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:51
It seemed to happen in an instant.
Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.
It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”