December is upon us. As I look back on this last year, I see what we have done to register voters and to continue to educate and inform our membership. I reflect on our tireless efforts on redistricting here in Nassau County and how that work is now continuing with a second grant from the Hagedorn Foundation ($8,200 portion for League) as we work in 2014 in coalition with the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, La Fuente, and Common Cause/NY as well as with legislators, community organizations, and Nassau County residents to ensure an open and fair legislative redistricting process in Nassau County.
Our work will be towards changing the Nassau County Charter so that an independent, non-partisan commission draws the maps and the Legislature’s sole role is to approve or send it back to the commission for revision. This is a realistic goal as independent, non-partisan commissions for redistricting are established in several counties throughout New York State, including Suffolk.