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Letter: Keep Hicksville In Tact

The Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee voted recently to adopt a redistricting map that will break Hicksville into three separate legislative districts. At the hearing, Chairwoman Norma Gonsalves denied that the map was gerrymandered, further stating that the Supreme Court has not defined gerrymandering. The Supreme Court may not have defined it but much like their approach to pornography, I know gerrymandering when I see it and this map is a classic gerrymandering effort. For example, parts of downtown Hicksville, along with two elementary schools (East Street and Burns Avenue) would fall into the new 14th district, which will span an east-west swath of Nassau County from Garden City to Old Bethpage! North Hicksville will fall into the new 16th district that stretches from Roslyn Estates to the Suffolk border! South Hicksville will follow a north-south axis to Merrick Road in the new 17th district.

I implore Legislator Rose Walker, our current legislator and longtime resident of Hicksville, to vote against the demise of historic Hicksville as a political entity. The State Senate has already broken Hicksville into three separate districts, none of which matches the proposed county legislative boundaries. Common sense should prevail.

Hicksville should largely remain within the current 17th district with minor changes, if necessary, to reflect the incremental changes in the 2010 census. Minor changes to our boundaries with neighboring communities of Bethpage or Jericho, currently in as our 17th district, would correct those minor population changes. Unfortunately, the proposed gerrymandered map will further take away our sense of community and place Hicksville into such a large geographic political hodgepodge that we might as well go back to an at-large legislature, which was outlawed in the 1990s.

The legislature should not vote to break-up Hicksville, especially at a time when we are trying to revitalize our downtown and we are fighting for a fair share of state aid for our school district.

Phil Heckler, Hicksville resident

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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