Critics blast proposed redistricting plans

SMITHTOWN - Some Long Island lawmakers and residents are slamming proposed redistricting boundaries drawn up by the Senate's Republican majority. Critics say the new state Senate and Assembly lines seem designed to protect office holders who are in power instead of the people they represent. Some lawmakers say the proposed districts don't accurately reflect Long Island's growing minority population. Others are criticizing the plans for breaking up minority communities, including Brentwood and Central Islip.Opponents believe that state Senate Republicans might be wary of creating a district made up primarily of minority communities, which tend to vote Democratic. Senate Republicans deny any attempts to dilute minority representation.Some minority voters worried about redistrictingRedistricting maps show Nassau picks up Assembly seat

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