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Letter: Redistricting - Who Cares? If You Live In Plandome Heights You Better

On Monday, June 4 at the calendared public mMeeting of the Redistricting Committee, a working session with (no comments allowed) took place. Of the 42 letters and emails that had been received by the committee “mostly from Plandome Heights,” all of these messages were objecting to redistricting us to district 4 in Great Neck. No letters were discussed as being received from any other community. After careful and thoughtful consideration of the unanimous and strenuous objections from Plandome Heights’ citizens, the committee voted 5 of 9 to recommend to the town board “Option 3,” which redistricts Plandome Heights to the Great Neck district. The matter will move to the town board next. What does that mean you ask?

Town of North Hempstead redistricting plans would separate Plandome Heights from the other Manhasset villages and merge us with the Great Neck peninsula. It also removes Plandome Heights from the district that includes Plandome and Plandome Manor. Geographically, the three Plandomes share waterfront, roadways, evacuation routes, and are founding members of the Port Washington/Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.

Great Neck is comprised of apartment buildings, multi-family residences and a large business district. Plandome Heights, like the other Plandome villages, are comprised solely of single-family residences with no commercial properties. Simply put, our issues and needs differ greatly from that of Great Neck.

One can only assume that this decision was made for political reasons, rather than the villages well being. As the TONH has the privilege of distributing many federal, state and local funds in their districts, pleasing the voting block of Great Neck (Pop 40,000+) over the interests of Plandome Heights (pop 1000).

I urge villagers of Plandome Heights to please email and call Jon Kaiman and the TONH offices to register your desire to remain in your current district. If you don’t care—then welcome to Great Neck.

David Paterson