Assemblyman Dan Losquadro doesn’t want to see Southold and Shelter Island towns removed from his Assembly district and he’s taking the fight against North Fork redistricting to a public hearing next week.
If the redistricting occurs as a state committee suggests, most of the East End will only have one representative, with Fred Thiele representing the South Fork, Shelter Island and Southold and Mr. Losquadro representing Riverhead.
Mr. Losquadro (R-Shoreham) currently represents the North Fork, and the South Fork is represented by Mr. Thiele (I-Sag Harbor).
“As the assemblyman representing the largest population of any district in New York State, I understand the new district lines would result in my district becoming smaller. That being said, it pains me to see the North Fork split up in the new redistricting plan put forward by the Majority,” Mr. Losquadro said in a statement. “The North Fork and the South Fork are very different districts, with the North Fork having a large winery and agricultural base and the majority of its homeowners acting as primary residents.”
Assemblyman Losquadro and other North Fork elected officials are encouraging residents to voice their concerns at a Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment public hearing at 11 a.m. next Thursday, February 9 at the W.H. Rogers Legislative Office Building in Happauge.
Read more about the redistricting plan in Thursday’s News-Review.