ELMONT - New congressional lines for New York state were approved by a federal panel today after state lawmakers were deadlocked over where the lines should sit, and now, Long Island is down a congressman. Because of slowing population growth in the state that was spotlighted by the 2010 Census, the new map eliminates two congressional districts altogether. Rep. Bob Turner's (R-N.Y.) district was dismantled, as was that of Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), who had already announced he was retiring. The district currently represented by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), which had straddled the Nassau-Queens border, will no longer include part of Nassau. Ackerman also recently announced his retirement. Long Island's other district lines will shift slightly. Some Nassau towns, including Elmont and North Valley Stream, will be merged into a Queens district. Political analysts say New York loses some of its clout in Washington because it now has two less votes. The new districts take effect next year.
AP wire services contributed to this report.
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