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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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