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Long Island to gain one Assembly seat

The New York State Assembly in Albany (June

The New York State Assembly in Albany (June 14, 2011) (Credit: AP)

Long Island will pick up an extra state Assembly seat – at upstate New York’s expense – under a proposed state redistricting plan unveiled Thursday. 

Currently, the Island has 21 representatives in the chamber, 10 in Nassau County and 11 in Suffolk County. The Island would have 22 seats under the new proposal, published just after 2 p.m. today. 

 Under the new plans, Suffolk would have 11, Nassau would have 10 and the two would share one district.

This would be accomplished by dramatically shifting the district of Assmb. Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) from a Nassau -based site to a more Suffolk-based one. And, a new open district - dubbed Assembly District 22 - would be created in western Nassau, covering Elmont, Lynbrook and Valley Stream. 

The Long Island addition would take away one seat from upstate. That will leave the chamber with 22 districts on Long Island, 65 in New York City and 63 upstate.

The new districts must eventually be adopted by the Legislature and put in place in time for the 2012 elections to comply with new Census data. Recent history shows that lawmakers often go through more than one set of draft maps before finalizing new boundaries.

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