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The Poll: Should Nassau wait to redistrict?

In Mineola, Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter J.

In Mineola, Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt filed a new 2011 Legislative District Map for Nassau County to correct inequities uncovered by the 2010 U.S. Census data. (April 26, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

Using new software and a consultant, Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli was able to draw a new map for the county legislature in fewer than 25 days -- a process that took nearly a year when the county last reapportioned its 19 legislative districts a decade ago.

Ciampoli, a former elections attorney for the Republican State Senate, said he had been studying the results of the new census, released April 1, when presiding officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa) asked him on April 19 to draw a new map that would address population shifts and improve minority representation. Approval by the Republican-controlled legislature is expected May 16.

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