Town Democrats are fighting the
new district map approved by the Hempstead Town Board at its April 9
meeting, claiming that the map has disenfranchised Hispanic and African
According to Democrats, the two board voted on a map that create the
new councilmatic district lines and ignored the Fair District Map
Proposal, a map that created a second minority majority district.
Democrats say they have asked the U.S. District Court to appoint a special master to draw
district lines that are "consistent with the requirements of the United
States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act."
However, town spokesman Mike Deery said the town board has already met those requirements.
Hempstead Town Board supported the redistricting proposal in a
bipartisan manner," Deery said. "The new district lines meet all legal
requirements of the Constitution of the United States, the State of New
York Constitution and the Federal Voting Rights Act."
Still, Democrats argue that the town deliberately diluted "the growing voting power of African-American and
"[The board has] intentionally cracked open
minority neighborhoods and packed those minority residents into majority
voting districts," said former town supervisor nominee Gary Port.
Dorothy Goosby, who oversees the largely minority First Councilmatic
District in the Town of Hempstead, said that she does not see a problem
with the new map.
“I am happy with the new redistricting plan,
and the lines as drawn serve the needs of my district," Goosby said.
"That’s why I voted for it.”
The First Councilmatic District of the Town of Hempstead includes
Hempstead, Lakeview, Roosevelt and Uniondale, as well as portions of
Baldwin, Freeport, Garden City, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, West
Hempstead and Westbury.