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From The Desk Of Legislator Judy Jacobs: March 22, 2013

Thoughts On Redistricting

Redistricting should be non-political and fair. Unfortunately, it never is. The way redistricting is done in most areas leads to distrust, aggravation and unfair results. Such is the case in Nassau County as we all struggled through the redistricting saga.

My strong suggestion on the day of the vote, which, by the way, received some support from Republicans, is to have redistricting occur by a non-political, good government committee, with the final approval being given to a Magistrate. The League of Women Voters comes to mind since they worked tirelessly in this process, only to be ignored once the lines were drawn.

The first time redistricting took place was in 1995; the second time was in 2003, and now this map comes in 2013. The 1995 and 2013 maps were drawn while Republicans were in power and the 2003 map was drawn when the Democrats were in power. In each case, the end result created antagonism and distrust by the residents. However, nothing equaled the extent of the movement in the county in this present map. It placed more than one incumbent in one district to insure the loss of one legislator. This is a windfall for the party in power as it would gain seats just by the elimination of a present legislator.

Understand that we have redistricted three times since the inception of the Legislature. It is mandated that this process take place every ten years and should only create change to keep up with the census. However, the census numbers only changed in one district, but that did not stop the utter chaos which ensued in all the districts. Approximately 340,000 residents were moved as a result.

I am heartbroken that in my case, beginning in January of 2014, the 16th Legislative District will no longer represent voters north of Jericho Turnpike, which means losing half of Syosset and Woodbury (my hometown and school district), all of Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Oyster Bay Cove and various villages. I will be representing Plainview/Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury (south of Jericho Turnpike), a portion of Roslyn Heights, a portion of Old Westbury and various small parts of neighboring communities.

What is, is! But we can, and should, do better for you, regardless of your registration. I will work diligently in a bi-partisan manner to attempt to move the process to a more well thought out way and regain public trust.   Believe me, if you were present during the vote on Tuesday, March 5, and heard the people speak their hearts out to all of us, you would understand,

I love what I do and I am humbled and honored to have served for 18 years. Please visit me at www.judyjacobsnassau.com; or call at 571-6216; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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