The Republican party machine in the Long Island, NY county is on the decline due to increased number of Democratic voting black , brown and yellow voters moving to the county….(A good many from New York City)…
Once Nassau County Republicans were known to hold supermajorities in the County Legislature, a 3-2 voter registration advantage, the county’s state Legislature delegation, and the position of county executive far more often than not.
Today the entire state Senate delegation for Nassau County is blue. Laura Curran, a Baldwin Democrat, is the county executive and former Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman is the county comptroller. And while Democrats do not control the County Legislature, they outnumber Republicans at the ballot box.
Over the last 20 years, the Republican Party’s voter registration in Nassau County has steadily declined from nearly 380,000 voters in 1998 to 331,431 in 2018 – a 12.67 percent decrease – according to the New York state Board of Elections.
In the same period, Democrats have been ascendant. In 1998 there were 273,733 registered Democrats. That number has ballooned 46.56 percent to 401,196 as of Nov. 1 this year, voter registration statistics show.
Lawrence Levy, dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, said the changes can be explained by two things: the damaged brand of the Republican Party and a surge of immigrants to Long Island replacing older voters.
“The numbers are very stark and if the Republicans are to have any chance of mounting a comeback, they’ll need a whole new suburban strategy that is much more moderate and focused on not just cutting taxes and services, but responding to the needs of people,” Levy said.
Asked about Democrats outpacing Republicans in voter enrollment, Joseph Cairo, chairman of the Nassau County Republicans, said: “We have to work harder to deliver our message to Republicans moving to the county and try to reach out to others. I think the independents, those who do not have party affiliation, they have become more and more of a factor over the years.”…