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Elmont community rallies for fair redistricting

The theater at Elmont Memorial Library, located at

The theater at Elmont Memorial Library, located at 700 Hempstead Tpke., will be the venue for a film festival Wednesday. (May 24, 2012) Credit: Amy Onorato

Elmont civic leaders, clergy and residents will gather Thursday night in support of fair redistricting and voice their concerns about the possible dilution of the voting power of African-American, Latino and immigrant voters in Nassau County.

Nassau United for Fair Redistricting — a coalition of advocacy and community groups — will hold a community meeting to demand nonpartisan maps and fair voter representation in the county’s 19 districts. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Elmont Public Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.

The groups include La Fuente Long Island Participation Project, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, the Elmont Community Council, the League of Women Voters of Nassau County, Common Cause New York and the Nassau County Chapter of New York Civil Liberties Union.

Every 10 years, New York’s counties must redraw political boundaries to reflect changing population patterns revealed in the latest U.S. Census. The Republican-controlled Nassau Legislature needs to adopt a new redistricting map by the charter-set deadline of March 5.

Civic leaders have complained that the proposed maps seem designed to divide the power of the Elmont community and others across Nassau.

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