Groups React to Master's Congressional Maps
March 6th, 2012
Roanne Mann, the special master assigned to create the state’s congressional lines should the Assembly and Senate fail to come to a compromise, released her maps today. Reaction has flooded in from interested parties across the state. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told reporters the lines could be a foundation for compromise. Common Cause hailed the maps as “fair. ” Citizens Union used the opportunity to push for a legislative deal that would change the redistricting process permanently through a constitutional amendment.
The Times Union notes that CU’s release goes into an astonishing amount of detail about a possible deal. “Intriguingly, the statement goes into great depth discussing the under-construction constitutional amendment detailed in Friday’s TU — so much depth that one would think it had already been rolled out with a Red Room presser featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders and representatives from Citizens Union, whose members have been most vocal in pressing for the constitutional change as thus far described,” reads the Times Union post.
Meanwhile Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that he has yet to see the maps.
Perhaps most interestingly is the analysis of the city’s lines by the American Community Coalition on Redistricting and Democracy. Take a look at their breakdown after the jump. QUEENS:
· The proposed Congressional District (CD) 6, if adopted, would be a Congressional district with the highest concentration of Asian Americans ever created. At nearly 40% of the district (37.9%), the Asian American community of Northeast Queens would have major influence in a Congressional seat.
· This district is nearly identical to District 5 recommended in the Unity Map, drafted by AALDEF and endorsed by ACCORD (see http://aaldef.org/unity-map.html)
· The significant voter dilution of Asian American voters in Northeast Queens between the current CD 5 and CD 9 (Flushing, Bayside, Auburndale, Queensboro Hills, Fresh Meadows and Oakland Gardens) is corrected by this proposal.
· This proposed district also keeps together the neighborhoods of Woodside and Jackson Heights in CD 14.
· This proposal could be improved if Bellerose could be connected with Queens.
MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN (including Manhattan’s Chinatown and Sunset Park):
· ACCORD is pleased that CD 7 recognizes (as does the current CD 12) there is a community of common interest between Sunset Park and Manhattan’s Chinatown, and keeps these together in one district.
· This district is very similar to the proposed District 12 in the Unity Map.By David King on March 6, 2012, 6:18 pm
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