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Old 06-19-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Long Island town voting rules demote Latinos to 'second class,' suit claims - NY Daily News
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Brookhaven -- far larger than the Town of Islip and with many minority areas -- didn't need a federal law suit to switch to councilmatic districts, i.e. the 'ward' system mentioned in the article. We voted on a referendum back in the early 2000's. Here, the issue was that council members from other areas within the town didn't have any interest in other areas, giving those residents little to no say -- not unlike the Islip suit alleges.

There is mention that the Islip board members are elected based on who garners the most votes. Looking at a picture of the all white board, I have to ask if any Hispanic persons from Brentwood, Bayshore, Islip Terrace, Central Islip ever seriously ran for a council seat? There has to be plenty of registered voters of color and/or Hispanic heritage who could turn out to support a council candidate who is most familiar with their community issues. Or have they been shut out by the Republican, Democratic, and Conservative parties when they convene?
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:40 PM
 
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#fakenews
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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This has been going for a few years and once again Long Island's Johnnie Cochrane rears his fool head to try and rile the masses.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:30 PM
 
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Maybe there are enough Latinos to rally around a candidate but they do not qualify to register to vote for some strange reason.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:19 PM
 
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Brookhaven -- far larger than the Town of Islip and with many minority areas -- didn't need a federal law suit to switch to councilmatic districts, i.e. the 'ward' system mentioned in the article. We voted on a referendum back in the early 2000's. Here, the issue was that council members from other areas within the town didn't have any interest in other areas, giving those residents little to no say -- not unlike the Islip suit alleges.

There is mention that the Islip board members are elected based on who garners the most votes. Looking at a picture of the all white board, I have to ask if any Hispanic persons from Brentwood, Bayshore, Islip Terrace, Central Islip ever seriously ran for a council seat? There has to be plenty of registered voters of color and/or Hispanic heritage who could turn out to support a council candidate who is most familiar with their community issues. Or have they been shut out by the Republican, Democratic, and Conservative parties when they convene?
What towns, other than Brookhaven, use a district or ward system of election on Long Island? There are 932 towns in the State of New York - I would bet that at-large elections are far more common throughout the state. On the other hand, the current system seems to be easier to manipulate by incumbents than the proposal.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Where my bills arrive
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I guess they will need to present a candidate for election, where is it written that our elected officials must reflect the demographics that they represent? Has there been an impropriety in how the elections are held or is it a lack of engaged, registered voters on their part visiting the polls?
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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Minority rules. Thats just how it is. Move along now.
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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What towns, other than Brookhaven, use a district or ward system of election on Long Island? There are 932 towns in the State of New York - I would bet that at-large elections are far more common throughout the state. On the other hand, the current system seems to be easier to manipulate by incumbents than the proposal.
We'll stick with Long Island. The only other one I know of that has an iindividual representative for each council district is the Town of Hempstead, and that is fairly recent. I know Oyster Bay does not.
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