Shake Up for Steve Israel’s District

Congressman's district now includes parts of northern Nassau County.

New York’s 3rd Congressional District, covering Dix Hills and Huntington, will look drastically different next year as the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-Dix Hills, will no longer include parts of Suffolk's south shore.

The new map shows that Israel’s seat will now represent Huntington Town and a small portion of western Smithtown in Suffolk County. In Nassau, the district covers and the townships of Oyster Bay and North Hempstead and the City of Glen Cove. Areas in the townships of Babylon and Islip that are currently under Israel’s representation will shift to Rep. .

One of the big challenges for Israel will be gaining name recognition with voters in the Nassau portion of the newly drawn district. He is up for re-election this November.

“I’ll work wherever I am sent, and the issues I am focused on will be the same in my new district,” Israel said in a statement. “I will continue to work for job creation, protecting Medicare and Social Security, providing tax cuts for the middle class and relentlessly fighting for our veterans. I’ve been and will continue to be a tireless advocate for those I represent.”

A panel of judges in the Eastern District of New York approved the new congressional lines after the state Senate and Assembly did not come to an agreement on the boundaries. In the new map, Long Island will lose one of its five current Congressional Districts.

King did not return calls seeking comment.

karen from East Northport March 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Losing 1 Congressmen on Long Island? Um, perhaps one less salary for Long Islanders to pay? Think our taxes will go down a tweeny lil bit?
Babaloo March 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM
No. Long Island loses representation in the house and if you live on Long Island it isn't good for anyone.
Jason Molinet March 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
We have a discussion going on in the North Shore towns directly impacted: http://patch.com/A-rKmj
Judith Rosen Lipner March 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The reality is that with the current redistricting, the strong incumbents should remain vital and strong. the loser is long time Congressman Gary Ackerman D.Queens-Nassau. Ackerman, a strong and vocal representative from northern Queens already weathered one major redistricting, that stretched his district through the northern parts of Nassau from his long time power base in Northern Queens. However Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will be picking up most of Ackerman's constituency in Nassau, while Rep. Steve Israel's constituency remains essentially stable. Rep. King does pick up a greater percentage of democrats in the redistricting. while Rep. Bishop's greatest challenge remains from wealthy Hamptons businessman Randy Altshuler. Altshuler, a republican, just picked up essential support from the independence Party.
Linda Otta March 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
http://www.lipolitics.com/blog/2012/03/20/steve-israel-on-redistricting-plan-no-longer-any-such-thing-as-a-safe-republican-district/ In this interview Mr Isreal makes it very clear the re-districting is to get a Democratic majority and that the re-drawing will makes sure that any Republican stronghold would no longer be safe. This is no longer about serving the people. This is about who's baseball team can beat the other guys team.


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