Lawmakers, residents debate how to fairly redistrict Nassau County maps in public hearing

In 2022, the Temporary Districting Advisory Commission held 12 public meetings to ensure residents across Nassau County had the opportunity to participate. The maps were scrapped because the commission was not able to agree on a map.

News 12 Staff

Feb 17, 2023, 3:28 AM

Updated 523 days ago

Share:

Nassau residents and legislators argued about how to redraw the county's district maps during a heated public hearing in Mineola on Thursday.
The goal is to create a nonpartisan map that benefits all Nassau County residents in over a dozen legislative districts.
The Nassau County Republican majority proposed a new redistricting map during the hearing.
"I think it's a fair and equitable map," said majority leader Richard Nicholello. "I think it allows for equal representation."
Democrats, including minority leader, Kevan Abrahams, says the map is illegal.
"This map still violates many of the federal and state laws, but then, most importantly, the biggest criterion for any particular map is that it's part of gerrymandering," Abrahams said.
In 2022, the Temporary Districting Advisory Commission held 12 public meetings to ensure residents across Nassau County had the opportunity to participate.
The maps were scrapped because the commission was not able to agree on a map.
Members of the Democratic delegation of the commission said the Republicans' proposed map was politically driven and that it didn't accurately represent Nassau County's population and demographics.
Republicans said their proposed map was legal and the lines were drawn with equal population, demographics and legal standards.
Some residents, once again, about the newly proposed map.
"I am not a lawyer, but they are gerrymandered to deny our growing diverse population and presentations," says Casey Marlow, of Farmingdale.
There is another public hearing on the topic set for Feb. 27.


More from News 12
1:37
Riverhead BOE approves plan to bring resource officers to schools

Riverhead BOE approves plan to bring resource officers to schools

2:02
Cloudy skies, muggy conditions and rain showers on Long Island

Cloudy skies, muggy conditions and rain showers on Long Island

1:45
Long Beach School Board renews talks to close elementary school following survey results

Long Beach School Board renews talks to close elementary school following survey results

2:01
Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

0:23
Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

1:04
Smithtown boy returns home from South Carolina after being stranded from global tech outage

Smithtown boy returns home from South Carolina after being stranded from global tech outage

1:59
Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

1:38
Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

1:43
Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

1:50
New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

0:18
Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

0:20
Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

0:16
Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

1:48
Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

0:43
Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

0:29
Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

0:34
Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

0:17
Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

0:42
Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday

Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday