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Letter: Requesting Town Board To Modify Their Recommendation On Redistricting

(Editors Note: This letter was sent to members of the Town of North Hempstead Board and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)

The Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations’ position as given in testimony to the Temporary Committee on Redistricting is reiterated herein and presented to the town, requesting the town board’s modification of the temporary committee’s recommendation as it relates to the Manhasset communities of interest. The town can and should implement a better redistricting plan for the next decade than the option recommended by the temporary committee.

Richard Bentley, president
Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations

Members of the Town Board:

The Greater Council urges the TNH Board to NOT approve the recommendation of the Temporary Committee on Redistricting, which has recommended their Option 3 which further erodes the representation of Manhasset than the current district. These Manhasset concerns do not have anything to do with the current quality of town board council members that represent District 4 or District 6, but rather a reflection that the current recommended option further erodes Manhasset’s impact than the current town districts. The Temporary Committee on Redistricting held hearings for public comment, but has ignored the valid public concerns it received from Manhasset residents. I attended the session on May 21 and on behalf of the Greater Council asked for the committee to consider:

(1) an additional option that would re-unify all of Manhasset (zip 11 030) as a community of interest into a single council district, and if (1) is impossible to achieve, then to alternatively:

(2) keep all unincorporated areas and current incorporated villages intact District 4 and retain the 3 Plandome related incorporated villages (Plandome Heights, Plandome, and Plandome Manor) intact as communities of interest within Council District 6 (ie: in essence, Committee Option 1).

The Plandome Heights Civic Association, its mayor and 42 residents, representing 15 percent of all Plandome Heights households also urged the committee that if an option to unify all of Manhasset within a single district was impossible to achieve, that the committee keep the three incorporated Plandome villages intact within a single district. The three Plandome villages are a community of interest sharing the eastern residential shore of Manhasset Bay, the water estuaries from Plandome Park to Leeds Pond, and residential portions of Plandome Road. Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donno, and Temporary Committee on Redistricting member, also highlighted the need to retain these communities intact. Furthermore, Manhasset’s unincorporated areas share community of interest with Munsey Park along the Northern Boulevard ‘Miracle Mile’ commercial district. No other TNH community provided more feedback than Manhasset and Plandome Heights on this matter. The committee sought input from the community but then mocked and subsequently ignored all Manhasset/Plandome Heights input in its final recommendation of Option 3 that both separates Plandome Heights from the other two Plandome Villages (Plandome and Plandome Manor), and further erodes the Manhasset population within District 4 by moving Munsey Park to District 6.

Since Plandome Height’s population is roughly half that of Munsey Park, the net overall impact of the committee’s Option 3 recommendation creates a reduction in Manhasset’s population within District 4, as well as a non-substantive increase of the Manhasset population within District 6. Surely there is a redistricting plan that can accomplish an improved Manhasset representation. Therefore, we implore the town board to either

(1) Reject the committee’s recommended Option 3 and further study new options that can unify all Manhasset areas into a single district. If this has been adequately studied and for whatever reason deemed either politically or geographically impossible to achieve, then to alternatively:

(2) Adopt Option 1 which accomplishes a relative status quo for the Manhasset representations it currently exists, or

(3) Tweak Option 3 to achieve the retention of Munsey Park within District 4 and retention of Plandome Heights within District 6.

Rich Bentley, president
Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations