Last Monday, Abrahams brought along redistricting expert Jeff Wice, who has represented federal, state and local Democrats for more than 30 years. But Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) and the Republican legislative majority have the authority under the county charter to revise and approve a map.
Schmitt wasn't aware of the meeting, said aide Ed Ward. Redistricting "doesn't even go through Mangano," he said. "The only [potential] role he plays is a veto. We intend to go through the process listed in the charter . . . ." -- Celeste Hadrick