Proposed Districts for the Nassau County Board of Legislators

Based on 1970 Census

(Total population = 1,428,838)

(15 districts -- ideal population = 95,255.9)

Ward Cleaver's 1993 retrospective

Ward Cleaver's 1993 retrospective

Ward Cleaver's 1993 retrospective

(Compare 1975 maps by Republican supervisors, Democratic party, and judicial commission.)

1. Great Neck & Port Washington & Manhasset 92,857 Allenwood, Baxter Estates, Beach Haven, Cow Neck, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Gardens, Great Neck Plaza, Harbor Hills, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Lakeville, Manhasset, Manhasset Isle, Manhasset Neck, Manorhaven, Munsey Park, North Hills, Orchard Beach, Old Village, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Port Washington, Port Washington North, Saddle Rock , Saddle Rock Estates, Sands Point, Spinney Hill, Strathmore-Vanderbilt, Thomaston, University Gardens.
2. New Hyde Park & Floral Park & Mineola 90,590 Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Garden City Park, Herricks, Manhasset Hills, Mineola, New Hyde Park, North New Hyde Park, Parkville, Plattsdale, Stewart Manor.
3. Franklin Square & Garden City & West Hempstead ~94,000 Franklin Square, Garden City, Garden City South, Hempstead Gardens, Malverne, Malverne Park Oaks, Munson, North Lynbrook, West Hempstead (west of state park & golf course).
4. Valley Stream & Elmont ~97,000 Alden Manor, Elmont, Green Acres, North Valley Stream, North Woodmere, South Floral Park, Mill Brook, Sunbury, Valley Stream, West Sunbury.
5. Five Towns & Rockville Centre & Lynbrook 98,000 Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Lawrence, Lynbrook, Meadowmere Park, North Woodmere, Rockville Centre, Woodmere, Woodsburgh.
6. Long Beach & Oceanside 99,743 Atlantic Beach, Barnum Island, Bay Park, East Atlantic Beach, East Rockaway, Harbor Isle, Hewlett Point, Island Park, Lido Beach, Long Beach, Oceanside, Oceanside Harbor, Point Lookout, Silver Point, West Long Beach.
7. Freeport 94,722 Baldwin Harbor, Freeport, Merrick, Baldwin (south of DeMott Avenue & Centennial Avenue).
8. Hempstead & Uniondale & Roosevelt 93,000 East Garden City, East Hempstead, Hempstead, Lakeview, Mitchell Field, Near Westbury, Roosevelt, South Hempstead, Uniondale, Baldwin (north of Centennial Avenue), West Hempstead (state park & golf course).
9. East Meadow ~92,000 Bowling Green, East Meadow, North Merrick, Salisbury, South Westbury, Westbury South, Levittown (southwest of Hempstead Turnpike & Wantagh Avenue)
10. Hicksville & Island Trees ~94,000 Island Trees, Bethpage (west of South Oyster Bay Road), Hicksville (east of Cantiague Rock Road), Levittown (east of Wantagh Avenue plus north of Hempstead Turnpike)
11. Roslyn & Westbury ~98,000 Albertson, Brookville, Cantiague, Carle Place, East Hills, East Williston, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, New Cassel, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Roslyn, Roslyn Country Club, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, Sea Cliff, Searingtown, Westbury, Westbury Hills, Wheatley, Williston Park, Jericho (north of Jericho Turnpike plus west of Cantiague Rock Road).
12. Oyster Bay & Glen Cove & Syosset ~97,000 Bayville, Centre Island, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Glen Cove, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Locust Grove, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Mill Neck, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, South Syosset, Syosset, Upper Brookville, Woodbury, Jericho (southeast of Cantiague Rock Road & Jericho Turnpike).
13. Plainview & Bethpage & Farmingdale ~98,000 Bethpage, Farmingdale, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Plainview (southeast of Woodbury Road), South Farmingdale (north of Southern State Parkway).
14. Massapequa 94,406 Biltmore Shores, East Massapequa, Harbor Green, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, North Massapequa, Unqua, West Amityville.
15. Bellmore & Wantagh & Seaford 95,629 Bellmore, Jerusalem, North Bellmore, North Seaford, North Wantagh, Seaford, Wantagh.

What if?

Place What happened What might have happened
East Meadow "Mayor of East Meadow" Ed Grause (D - East Meadow) was nominated in District 7. He was narrowly defeated by Joseph Mondello (R - Levittown). Grause would probably have been nominated in Ward Cleaver's District 9 and lost the general election to Thomas Gulotta (R - North Merrick).
Freeport Civil liberties lawyer Alvin Dorfman (D - Freeport) was defeated by Thomas Gulotta (R - North Merrick), son of a popular judge. Without North Merrick in Ward Cleaver's District 7, Dorfman might have been elected.
Hempstead (village) District 8 included both Hempstead and Rockville Centre. In the 1975 election for that seat, Dr. Greta Rainsford (D - Hempstead), a woman of color, was defeated by white Hempstead Town Councilman James Bennett (R - Rockville Centre). Although Democratic Map's District 3 and Ward Cleaver's District 8 would have given Rainsford a boost, it is probable that the heavy Republican vote from Uniondale would still have prevailed.
Jericho Marginal District 4 elected Tom Clark (C - Hicksville). Ward Cleaver's District 12, including Jericho, Locust Grove, Woodbury, and Glen Cove, would have favored a Democrat.
Levittown Joseph Mondello (R - Levittown), of Italian and Puerto Rican ancestry, defeated "Mayor of East Meadow" Ed Grause (D - East Meadow) in District 7. Mondello later became Hempstead Town Supervisor and his party's Republican leader. In Ward Cleaver's District 9, Mondello probably would have been passed over for nomination in favor of Thomas Gulotta (R - North Merrick). With reduced name recognition, Mondello might not have reached the same prominence.
Lido Beach In District 15's divisive convention, Franklin Ornstein (D - Lido Beach) was nominated in preference to Long Beach Supervisor Hannah Komanoff. Ornstein won the general election in a landslide over Joel Gewanter (R - Cedarhurst). In Ward Cleaver's District 6, without the Five Towns, Ornstein would presumably have lost the nomination to Komanoff. With one of their own likely to become leader of a sizable minority, the Long Beach Democrats would have pulled out the vote in favor of the referendum, rather than against it.
Long Beach Long Beach Supervisor Hannah Komanoff (D) was defeated for nomination in District 15 by banker Franklin Ornstein (D - Lido Beach), who had solid convention support from the Five Towns. Long Beach political leaders, fearful of losing their hand in county government, pulled out a heavy vote to defeat the reform, assuring the 20-year continuation of the Board of Supervisors. In Ward Cleaver's District 6, Komanoff would probably have won nomination and election. The vote in Long Beach might have turned in favor of reform. Had the legislators been seated, Komanoff would probably have become minority leader.
North Merrick Thomas Gulotta (R - North Merrick), son of a popular judge, defeated Alvin Dorfman (D - Freeport) in District 13. Gulotta was elected to the State Assembly in 1976, then became Hempstead Town Presiding Supervisor, concluding his political career as Nassau County Executive. In Ward Cleaver's District 9, Gulotta would have defeated "Mayor of East Meadow" Ed Grause (D - East Meadow) and followed a similar career trajectory.
Rockville Centre District 8 included both Hempstead and Rockville Centre. In the 1975 election for that seat, Hempstead Town Councilman James Bennett (R - Rockville Centre) defeated Dr. Greta Rainsford (D - Hempstead). Bennett held his council seat and later became supervisor (non-presiding) of Hempstead town before retiring. No other map created a similar district. Regardless of the boundaries, Bennett would probably have been elected from a Rockville Centre district: Board Map B's District 6, Democratic Map C's District 5, or Ward Cleaver's District 7. Had the Legislators been seated, Bennett would probably have been chosen as majority leader or presiding officer.
Roslyn Greater Roslyn complained mightily about its dismemberment by the Board's map. Sylvia Grossman (D) narrowly lost the general election to Marvin Korobow (R). Ward Cleaver's District 11 would have favored Grossman.
Place What happened What might have happened

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