Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy Available for Commentary on Federal Gerrymandering Case

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

As Suffolk County Executive, Had Passed Legislation to Eliminate Political Gerrymandering 

Former Suffolk County Executive, New York State Assemblyman and radio host, Steve Levy, is available for political commentary to discuss the Supreme Court’s review of the state of Wisconsin’s redistricting plan that was deemed unconstitutional by a lower court. 

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the state of Wisconsin’s appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling on its drawing of electoral districts for the state Assembly. In 2011, the state implemented the redistricting plan and, in 2012, the GOP won 60 out of 99 Assembly seats. Those who are challenging the lines say they benefited one political party over another. In November 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, ruled the new lines drawn up were considered to be partisan gerrymandering because it violated the First Amendment and equal rights protections of the Constitution. 

“Should the U.S. Supreme Court find the Wisconsin redistricting unconstitutional, then potentially every districting scheme in the United States would also be at risk,” Mr. Levy says. “Today’s decision by the court to hear the case gives hope to those reformers who have been stifled in their efforts to make the redistricting process more equitable for voters and for elected officials not serving in the majority.” 

In 2007, when Mr. Levy served as Suffolk County Executive, he drafted and passed a law that provided a politically balanced district lines so no district would continue to be dominated by one party. However, when Mr. Levy left office in late 2011, the Democratic legislators revoked the law. 

“It became clear to me at that time that it is indeed quite unlikely these needed reforms will ever come from elected officials whose only priority is self-preservation,” Mr. Levy says. 

Mr. Levy suggests that, to draw up more politically equitable lines, it should be left to an independent panel of individuals, namely a balanced board of retired judges. “We need to recognize that, in the long term, partisan gerrymandering is dangerous for both sides of the aisle.” 

For more information, visit





Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation.

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)

Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!

Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video).

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.