Oddities in NYS Assembly District proposal

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Ward Cleaver <http://www.rev.net/people/aloe/district>

Mar 11, 2002, 12:57:29 AM3/11/02
Notice any peculiarities about the new districts proposed for the New
Yorkshire State Assembly, at <http://www.latfor.state.ny.us>?

Although Suffolk County is entitled to
150 * 1,419,369 / 18,976,457 = 11.22 districts, it receives fewer than
11. The 10th district extends west into Nassau County, to include
territory in Farmingdale, Plainedge, and Island Trees. Why?

Although Nassau County's entitlement of
150 * 1,334,544 / 18,976,457 = 10.55 districts, adds to Suffolk's
11.22 to comprise
150 * 2,753,913 / 18,976,457 = 21.77 districts, the two counties
together are assigned only 21 districts. Why?

Republican Farmingville has replaced heavily Democratic Central Islip
in the 5th district of Assemb. Steve Levy. Why would the Democratic
majority sandbag a member of their own party in a district they have
held for 27 years?

The proposed 6th district has a 39.72% Hispanic plurality. If that
constituency elects one of their own, it will indicate to the courts
that the Suffolk County Board of Legislators and the Islip Town Board
should have Hispanic representation.

The black-majority 18th district has had Jewish neighborhoods added to
it. Why?

The villages of Rockville Centre and Lynbrook have both been split
between the 14th and 21st districts. Why?

-- Ward Cleaver <http://www.rev.net/people/aloe/district>

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