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Redistricting: What Would It Mean For Westbury?

Troiano says Republican’s proposed map would

result in 'very different racial and economic classifications’

Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano (D., 2nd LD) told The Westbury Times that that the Republican’s redistricting plan, which was presented on Friday, Dec. 27, “sliced and diced” the Westbury Village and would result in an additional two legislative representatives for the area.

“It would be unusual for a village,” said Troiano, “four is a big shift.”

The legislator noted that redistricting takes place once every 10 years to accommodate shifts in population throughout the 19 legislative districts in the county.

Troiano said, if approved, the new redistricting plan would result in “very different racial and economic classifications,” as certain Westbury neighborhoods would be represented along with areas like Old Westbury, Sands Point, Garden City, Carle Place, Hicksville and Bethpage.

“It’s hard to see similarities in those areas. The county legislature formed with the idea that minorities would be kept intact as voting blocs to ensure they could choose a representative with their best interests in mind,” said Troiano.

Troiano explained that the redistricting commission is made up of 10 members (five Democrats and five Republicans) and one chairperson, which Troiano called “a formula for no progress.”

The Republicans control the county legislature, which has until March 5 to accept either of the redistricting commission’s maps, revise them or adopt a completely new one.

“As mayor, I am not involved in overtly political issues such as this, but I am confident that the village will be able to work with any legislators that we get through this redistricting process.

“However, I do support Legislator Troiano’s efforts to have his district remain intact to the extent possible. This is his hometown, and he has represented these areas for an extended period, first on the town board, and now as a county legislator. To the extent that the continuity can be maintained, it should be,” commented Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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