About 51 percent of Long Islanders are women, according to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Newsday looked at the gender breakdown of elected officials in statewide positions or who represent Long Island in the U.S. Congress or State Legislature, county-level officials, and town and city leaders and council members. Woman make up about 35 percent of those positions.
Gender representation among Long Island elected officials
This year’s midterm election has set records for woman nominees competing for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and governor seats. Donors, activists and candidates are working together for gender parity in government, but no federal or state legislative body currently has as many women as men, according to advocacy group RepresentWomen.
In its 2018 Gender Parity Index report, RepresentWomen found that, nationwide, women make up 25.3 percent of state legislators, up from less than 20 percent in 1992. New York ranks 14 on the index, trailing states like New Hampshire, Washington and Idaho that top the ranking.
Long Island’s county legislatures are more representative than the state legislature, which is about 28 percent women. New York’s town and city councils have an even higher ratio of women to men, with women making up about 42 percent of council members.
Breakdown of Long Island gender representation
CORRECTION: Nassau County Legislators Denise Ford and Debra Mule and Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman were listed under the wrong party in an earlier version of this article.