POLL: What Redistricting Means For North Shore

The newly drawn Congressional District lines could have sweeping implications for many Long Island communities.

If you live in Plainview, your congressman is most likely , D-Dix Hills. If you live in Old Bethpage or Bethpage, your U.S. representative is R-Seaford.

But new Congressional district lines drawn by a federal panel of judges drastically alter both congressmen's districts. The implications for Long Island's congressional delegation and the people they represent could be significant. Long Island also loses one congressional representative in the process.

 wants your gut reaction to the changes. Tell us about them in the comment section and let's get the discussion going

It's entirely possible that both incumbents have enough political strength and money to carry the day with name recognition and the power of incumbency. The voters will ultimately decide in November when the entire House of Representatives comes up for re-election.

Democrat Israel has been a popular, visible candidate in the region now since 2001. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He garnered 56 percent of the district's vote in 2010 to be re-elected.

Republican King is also a highly visible public figure who chairs the powerful House Homeland Security Committee. He has been a member of Congress since 1993. Two years ago, he was returned to Congress with 72 percent of the district's vote.

Here are some basic facts about the new district lines for King and Israel:

King would see his district For the past 10 years, his district, the 3rd, stretched from Glen Cove to the Atlantic Ocean, through Hicksville, Bethpage and Massapequa. Now, the new 2nd District's dividing line runs through Farmingdale; south of there is King's new district.

Israel's current district, the former 2nd District, included virtually all of Plainview and stretched eastwardly into Suffolk County. Israel would now live in the new 3rd District, from North Hempstead to Huntington, hugging Long Island Sound, including Hicksville and the cities of Glen Cove and Port Washington. Much of the , including Plainview, Bethpage and Old Bethpage, would be in the new 3rd District.

North Hempstead is now represented by Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Roslyn Heights, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Both King and Israel would face somewhat different political landscapes than in the past. According to data compiled by the New York Times:

  • King's current district is more than 90 percent white and Hispanic and actually bucked the state trend and voted for Republican John McCain in the 2008 Presidential race.
  • King's new district would not lean as Republican: The new 2nd would be 66 percent White, 20 percent Hispanic and 9 percent Black. Voters in the area comprising that district went for President Obama in 2008, according to the Times.
  • Israel's new district would be 83 percent White and Hispanic and nearly 14 percent Asian.
  • Although all the elected officials in the Town of Oyster Bay are Republicans, Plainview, Woodbury and part of Syosset are represented by Democrat on the . The new 3rd went overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008.

The outcome won't be known for months, but the discussion can begin now:


This story has been updated to reflect the Town of Oyster Bay dividing line between the new 2nd and 3rd Districts.

JOE March 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
The republicans are waging a war against the middle class. What happen to all the infrastructure work? Republicans have continued to block almost anything that Obama wants to pass. They dont care about the working class. If the republicans had their way they would get rid of the EPA, the department of labor , and most labor laws that protect people . Take a look at S.S., medicaid, minimum wage laws, the 40 hour work week,and OSHA. Just about all of these laws were passed and enacted by democrats and are the target of republicans who want to get rid of them.
JOE March 22, 2012 at 01:36 AM
BTW There has been no proof of wide spread voter fraud put foward to warrant these elederly and minority suppressing laws. Wheres the proof?
Tom March 22, 2012 at 01:51 AM
BTW, requiring someone to pay for an ID in order to vote is the same as a poll tax. If you are suggesting that the state give away ID's and provide free any transportation to get the ID and pay for any time away from work required by the person to get the ID then perhaps we can discuss the matter.
Micah Danney March 22, 2012 at 01:58 AM
That's an interesting perspective, Linda, one not so often heard. Thanks for sharing it.
Jonathan Dees March 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM
BTW, the photo IDs will be free for those who can't afford them, and if they can get to the voting booth, they can get to their local state DMV to get their ID. If you're against this, you're for voter fraud and you think you need illegals and fraudsters to double up votes for democrats to win elections, plain and simple.
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I have spent a considerable amount of time researching my congressman’s record. If you think your congressperson is useless, I bet you I can one up you with my congressman! I was stunned to find out that Congressman Israel is nothing but an empty suit that talks a good name but for all practical purposes, gets nothing done in Congress. Let’s look at the stats on Congressman Israel... Please go to my blog for the rest of the story http://longislandpatriot.com/2012/03/05/steve-israel-portrait-of-a-useless-congressman/
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Yesterday Steve Israel was on CNBC squawk box talking about Medicare where he stated Medicare is not bankrupt. All of the hosts, including Andrew Ross Sorkin (former NY Times reporter and liberal) were stunned at this response. Go to my blog to see the video as well as the CBO report which refutes everything Steve Israel said: http://longislandpatriot.com/2012/03/21/who-you-going-to-believe-cbo-or-an-ignorantlying-congressman/
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Let's go to the tape or the record in this case of the highly popular steve israel as quoted in the article. His record of accomplishment is? Im waiting..... He has done nothing for his constituents unless you are a member of the "WFP" which is an oxy-moron because nobody in the "WFP' holds down a private sector job and is affiliated with another of stevie boys favorite groups ACORN. How many bills have passed the house that have been sponsored or written by stevie in his decade long tenure as a do nothing sock puppet? I'm waiting... Now, I am sure I will be attacked personally by idiots on the left, but instead, how about simply answering the question posed, now that would be drastic change of pace for stevie pawns. So, to continue, stevie israel has sat on his ass for a decade, collected checks and foisted every liberal program possible that piglosi has put in front of him and guess what, your taxes have gone up for it, I know you want to bash me, but I didnt vote yea on the TARP bailout, cash for clunkers, auto bailout, green scandals, porkulus spending, etc. stevie did, so what is your defense? Call me names, ROFLMAO!
kenneth gutwein March 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
@Joe:Re Steve Israel. He vomited AGAINST the balanced budget amendment, the Deficit Reduction Bill, and the Security Enhancement bill which would have allowed surveillance of foreign nationals who may commit terrorist acts! What can be closer to a neo-socialist than that!
Tom March 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
He has sponsored about 200 bills... http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/browse?sponsor=400195
Tom March 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I have no idea what you are talking about but in Texas they would not have been free and since many counties don't have DMV offices some people would have been required to travel more than 150 miles to get an ID so that they would be able to vote. The fact is that no one has shown any evidence that voter fraud is a problem. The only purpose to require an ID is to prevent the poor and minorities from voting.
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Identification cards are issued free of charge in most states to the poor. Its funny how liberal Tom frames the issue, too poor to pay for a free ID card, but that same person would have to take time off from work to get the card. Most individuals that work have identification cards either work related, drivers, etc. If liberal voter fraud wasnt an issue, how about liberals offer the poor free rides to the proper places to acquire their free id cards? If you were to purchase alcohol, cigarettes, etc. you need ID, so how is getting a free, yes I said free ID card a poll tax? please elaborate so that we can know how free constitutes a poll tax, and at least yo werent so naive as to say its a civil right not to have ID.
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
and again, how many did he write and how many were enacted? sponsoring a bill means liberally nothing! Like that twist?
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
hey tom, let me sponsor that bill of increasing taxes, oh wait, stevie israel beat me to it! stevie israel, never saw a liberal spending bill that increased your taxes that he wouldnt sponsor or vote yea for! stevie israel, corrupt wife cheating liar who co-endorsed with the American Nazi Party, the American Communist Party and nancy piglosi the thugs and anti-semites known as "OWS". Now, please do your research and tell me that this is not true,, or will you simply take the liberal tact of smearing the messenger?
Mike Polansky March 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Joe -- The string of comments here has come a long way from the original topic! As an aside, I think that Plainview-Old Bethpage is more immediately and directly affected by the State Legislative redistricting, and Patch might well give us some details about that. All of POB had previously been represented in the State Senate by Senator Kemp Hannon. As I understand it, Senator Carl Marcellino will be representing the Plainview portion of the community, while Senator Hnnon will retain Old Bethpage as part of his District. I am a bit less certain of the Assembly Districts. I think that Assemblyman Lavine will continue to represent most of POB, with Assemblyman Montesano having part (I'm not sure which part) of POB in his District. I understand that the Nassau Legislative District lines have not yet been finalized, but I understand that the plan on the table has us split into three different districts -- Judy Jacobs, Rose marie Walker and Joe Belesi. I pretty much like the idea of having more than one legislator representing our community. If we have an important community issue involving Nassau County, having three Legislators representing POB gives us three times as much clout as those communities that only have one legislator. Joe -- if you could clarify and definitize the situation, I think that would make an interesting topic....
Frankly Speaking March 22, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Congressman Israel has had only 2 bills he sponsored get out of committee and both of them were the renaming of Post Offices. A pretty dismal record for nearly 12 years!
Jason Molinet March 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Folks, keep on topic: Redistricting. Thanks.
I Am Breitbart! March 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
thats as many wives as he cheated on! 2 post offices, 2 wives. Good thing for his current wife that there arent any post offices he wants to rename.
Frankly Speaking March 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Keeping it in line with redistricting……thanks to the “redistricting”, the good people of northern Nassau County and Queens will now be in Steve Israel’s district…the new CD-3…of course there is and election approaching and you should seriously consider an alternate choice if you want more than the renaming of Post Offices. For those of you who enjoyed 10 years of Peter King, you will really want to consider an alternative as he has been “redistricted” to CD-2, which is mostly in south western Suffolk County.
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Frankly Speaking there is an alternative to Steve israel and his name is Steve Labate. Steve Labate is a Lt Col in the US Army Reserve and is a combat veteran of the war in Iraq and has been endorsed by Congress Veterans for Congress. In civilian life he works in the financial services sector and is a retirement planner at Prudential Financial. Steve is an unapologetic patriot who will be faithful to the US Constitution as he has demonstrated through his military service. Steve is not a career politician and will do what’s in the country’s best interest and not what’s in his own political interest. Like us, Steve believes we are the precipice of losing the freedoms our founders fought so hard to establish for our country.
Frankly Speaking March 22, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Labate sounds like a great candidate to check out Patriot, do you know what his website is?
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Frankly Speaking, here's an article on Steve Labate that just came out: http://www.lipolitics.com/blog/2012/03/22/labate-vows-to-fight-on/
Andy March 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Recently met Mr. Labate at a social function. Received strong impression he's the real deal. Not getting into it for personal gain. Has a good career as an investment advisor & 20 years in the U.S.Army as a Lt. Colonel. Another couple years he could be a Brigadier General. Not a bad career choice either. We need REAL people in office representing us with real life experience -Not career politicians who have no real life experience outside their office.
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
@Joe Dowd Your article needs to be corrected, Steve Israel is no longer on the Armed Services Committee http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/members. The only committee he is on now is the DCCC and is too busy trying to get democrats elected instead of doing the job he was elected to : representing the constituents of the old CD2 and now the new CD3.
Long Island Patriot March 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@I am Brietbart -Israel has a current wife? Did he marry the intern he knocked up?
JOE March 23, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Are you kidding . The greedy capitalists are killing this country. I look foward to another 4 years with Obama. God forbid we have an extremist republican like Romney as he would destroy this country like Bain capital has to some of the companies that they took over.How about the corporate welfare we give away to companies in the amount of 266 billion dollars . That is a fact. Corporate America is killing this country. Fact: for every dollar that we give in welfare , we are giving $10 in corporate welfare. Who went to jail when the financial institutions almost caused our financial system to collapse? nobody . why because the republicans would not allow that. Who was respon sible for rescuingthe financial system and GM that saved over a million jobs?President Obama and the democrats . Republicans would of let GM go out of business.
JOE March 23, 2012 at 02:06 AM
The republicans spend more time trying to block Obama from doing anything then trying to help the American people. What real legislation have the republicans passed to help the working class?not much. We need a democratic majority in the House and senate if this country is to move foward
myob1776 March 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm just happy to be rid of King; the man who never met a civil liberty he couldn't abridge in the name of the War on Terror.
Long Island Patriot March 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Frankly Speaking here's the link to Labate's website: http://www.labateforcongress.com/


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