2/19/13

Districting Commission Submits Final Proposal

The New York City Districting Commission has presented its final proposal to the City Council, which has until February 27th to accept it, reject it, or do nothing.

If the Council accepts the proposed map or does nothing, the plan is adopted and goes to the U.S. Department of Justice for clearance.

The City Council changes its district lines every ten years in response to -- but not necessarily based on -- the Census.

Under the Districting Commission's final proposal, for instance, the 51st Council district on the South Shore of Staten Island (one of the city's fastest-growing areas) would have just 153,553 residents. It would take 10% more people to qualify for one City Council representative on the West Side of Manhattan than it would on the South Shore of Staten Island.

The City Charter allows a 10% deviation between the city's most populous and least populous City Council districts. It also directs the Districting Commission, mostly appointed by the City Council, to try to ensure that district boundaries are compact, “communities of interest” are kept intact, and borough lines aren't crossed.

But there's nothing in the Commission’s memorandum on the proposed district boundary lines saying what purpose it serves to make the 51st district so overrepresented, compared to more populous districts.

You can direct your feedback on the Districting Commission's recommendations to City Council Speaker Quinn at speakerquinn@council.nyc.ny.us or 212-564-7757.

You can contact the NYC Districting Commission at 212-442-6940; e-mail them by clicking HERE; or visit their website HERE for more information.

The post from the GVSHP Blog.

To answer your question whether they cut the Bay Ridge Towers off again, "yes", based on the linked map of the 43rd district.  (You may have to scroll down.) Read a letter from Linda Orlano here asking the Commission not to do that.

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