MINEOLA - Nassau County Democrats are calling the Republican's proposed legislative-redistricting plan a power grab and many residents who attended a public hearing say they agree.

Critics claim the plan is really aimed at strengthening the Republicans by breaking up areas that traditionally vote Democratic.

Others who oppose the plan say it attempts to dilute minority voting power by breaking up the Village of Hempstead into three separate districts.

Republicans say their plan is just a temporary fix in response to new census figures and that a more comprehensive redistricting plan will be developed over the next couple of years.

They say they'll put the redistricting plan up for a vote next Monday. Democrats, however, say they want it tabled.