District lines redrawn in Brookhaven

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A bipartisan commission has unanimously crafted and approved a plan to redraw Brookhaven's town election district lines, as required by law every decade.

The town board appointed three Republicans, three Democrats and two independents to the commission earlier this year, and public hearings were held in each of the town's six districts.

The town board has until Dec. 15 to vote on the proposed new district lines, which move 5.1 percent of the town's population, or about 24,548 people, into new districts which would be used in town council elections starting in 2013.

"Several of the districts were underpopulated and had to move easterly," said Jeffrey M. Wice, a town-appointed lawyer who advised the commission. "We tried to provide some continuity. We tried to unify school districts a bit more," he said.

The list of electoral district changes in the proposed map follows:

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Election District 294, 186, 145, 85, 54, and 157, in the Sachem school district, are moved from District 4 to District 3.

ED 110 is moved from District 2 to District 1, to solidify the Brookhaven-Comsewogue school district. To solidify the Patchogue-Medford school district, ED 149 is moved from District 4 to District 5. To solidify more of the Longwood school district in the 4th District, ED 141 and 113 are moved from District 6 to District 4. To solidify more of the William Floyd school district in District 4, ED 273 and 278 are moved to District 6.

To solidify more of the South Country school district in District 4, ED 69 and 144 are moved from District 5 to District 4. To include more of the Longwood school district in District 4, ED 33 is moved from District 2 to District 4.

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"The commission worked as a team. I was very pleased to keep politics out of our effort," said commission co-chairman Martin Callahan in a release. "Our plan demonstrates that independent redistricting can work."

Co-chairman the Rev. Dr. Beresford Adams, who is also the president of the Brookhaven chapter of the NAACP, said they kept neighborhoods and many school districts together and planned to move as few people as possible into new districts. "Communities and people came first, not politics," he said.

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