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Nassau Redistricting Impacts Port

The Sands Point Civic Association and the League of Women Voters held a community-wide presentation by the Nassau Redistricting Coalition and the League of Women Voters recently at The Community Synagogue in Sands Point.

Under the latest proposed map, drawn by the Republican legislators, all North Shore election districts will be altered. Representatives from both sides of the Nassau County redistricting debate were able to address concerns to a full house.

Port Washington’s district has now changed drastically. It now includes Port, a small portion of Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. This change results in two incumbents sharing the new district, Legislators Wayne Wink and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton.

Nassau County Legislator Wink spoke out about the fact that Roslyn has been split into so many districts, five technically, if you count all the areas that are part of Roslyn schools. He stated this was a gerrymandered map drawn to create a Republican majority. Wink quipped that democracy is people choosing their government, but every 10 years, redistricting is the government choosing their people.

Speaking on behalf of the Republican Legislative majority was Matthew J. Kiernan, co-executive director of the Temporary Districting Advisory Commission, the bi-partisan group that was appointed to create a map but did not ultimately submit one to the legislature.

There was a hearing at the Legislature on Monday, Feb. 25. A map must be adopted by March 5.