Ted Hesson, Long Island Wins (Full video and photos from our press conference available here!)
Community leaders gathered in Brentwood today to call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto proposed district maps that would fracture the voting power of black, Latino, and immigrant residents on Long Island.
Representatives from groups like the NAACP, Make the Road New York, and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East gathered symbolically along a district line that would cut through the Brentwood community, demanding that the governor reject gerrymandered district maps.
Late last night, members of the State Senate and Assembly announced they had reached a compromise on state district maps. But even revised maps will still suffer from the same problem—they’ve been drafted by the very politicians they will affect, and will invariably lean toward political self-interest. Here’s a short video from the press conference, which was part of a statewide action today:
To read the press release from the event, which was supported by Long Island Wins and organized by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, click here.