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Huntington retains at-large system in overwhelming vote

Huntington residents overwhelming voted Tuesday to retain its at-large system to select town board members.

The vote totals, as reported by the Suffolk County Board of Elections, were 16,657 voting no on a proposal to divide the town into council districts, with 3,834 voting in favor.

The issue of council districts was last put before Huntington residents in 2005. In that proposal, advocates wanted to increase the number of town council members from four to six.

But a vote on the measure was canceled when a judge ruled that the petitions submitted requesting a referendum were invalid because of out-of-date-signatures and language that did not comply with state election law.

Hempstead, North Hempstead and Brookhaven each has been divided into districts in recent years. An effort toward council districts in Islip was defeated in 2006.

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