Some minority voters worried about redistricting

Some minority voters are worried that the upcoming redistricting of voting districts in the state will leave minority communities with less power in the next

CENTRAL ISLIP - Some minority voters are worried that the upcoming redistricting of voting districts in the state will leave minority communities with less power in the next state Assembly and Senate elections in areas like Central Islip.

A state task force recently released a map of state assembly and senate districts, and it has some critics complaining that the map splits minority communities up, diluting their power compared to if they were left in one district.

"We think that's done basically to ensure that the Republicans are able to maintain the incumbents that they currently have in the state Senate," says Susan Lemer of Common Cause.

"This community is not going to just stand idly by and accept these lines that are drawn and are not fair," says Luis Valenzuela.

Voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal at a public meeting on Thursday at the Suffolk County Legislature in Smithtown.

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