Nassau Legislature passes GOP redistricting plan

Following a heated four-hour debate, the Nassau Legislature voted to approve a GOP plan to redraw legislative district lines in the county based on new

WOODBURY - Following a heated four-hour debate, the Nassau Legislature voted to approve a GOP plan to redraw legislative district lines in the county based on new census figures.The map, drawn by the Republican majority, shifts district lines and divides several communities, including Hempstead, which Democrats argue would weaken minority representation. At around 2 p.m., lawmakers voted 10-8 to approve the new plan, with Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) being the lone Republican to vote against redistricting. Democrats say approval of the bill was a rush to judgment."We think redistricting should be done in a proper manner over a two-year period where you can put together a redistricting commission, community meetings and do this the right way," says Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead).An attorney for the Democrats says a judge could rule that the Legislature can't enact the new district lines for the 2011 election. Both sides are due in state Supreme Court Thursday.

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