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Let The People Speak

Republican Redistricting Plan comes under fire from the people of Nassau County

It was 9:15AM, May 9 2010 when the clerk at the Nassau County Legislature telegraphed how the day was going to evolve.  He, in a condescending tone, chided a woman who asked him to repeat some instructions he had earlier given to a small group of Community residents about procedure for the day.  At approximately 10:05 Legislator Peter Schmitt, L.D.12 gaveled the proceedings to order and before long had insulted his colleagues and the audience by proposing procedures intended to delay public comment and referring to them as "you people". Please upgrade your installation of Flash. Elmont Online requires versions 9.0.115 or higher.

The audience of over three hundred persons of all ages, ethnicities and communities there for one reason – to take advantage of the only opportunity they would have voice their opinions about the republican redistricting plan.  A plan that was drafted it less than 2 weeks according to testimony for many including republican county personnel.  The final vote in on May 16, 2010.

Elmont Online, in the first of a series of short multimedia presentations have posted here raw footage of the people’s protest – “Let the people speak”.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:47 )  

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0 # Patrick Nicolosi 2011-05-13 19:14
How does a person like Peter Schmitt get voted in to serve the public? He is a very condescending man. Why are people so surprised? Both parties do the same thing. When will we learn? We have 2 parties to choose from: The Democrats: The party of no ideas. The Republicans: The party of really bad ideas. Don't keep anyone in office for more than 2 terms. The only way to fix New York is for all of us to leave. After a year come back and start a Government for the people.
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0 # Elmont Resident 2011-05-12 15:55
http://www.redistrictinggame.org/
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