New York's Redistricting Plan Revealed

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jerry Vattamala, staff attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses how the redistricting plans released by the legislature create majority Asian-American districts. Suffolk County Assemblyman Phil Ramos talks about the Hispanic community in Long Island, and how redistricting splits up communities there. 


Phil Ramos and Jerry Vattamala

Comments [4]

fuva from Harlemworld

Redistricting will always be racial until America adequately addresses the ongoing ripple effects of the original sin upon which it was founded.

Jan. 30 2012 10:45 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

What justification for adding a Senate seat to get an odd number, with additional expense? Why not drop a seat, going back to the traditional number before the Silver/Bruno deal, and SAVE some money for the taxpayers?

Jan. 30 2012 10:40 AM
David from West Hempstead

And why don't we pursue something like shortest-splitline redistricting that eliminates partisan considerations altogether?

Jan. 30 2012 10:40 AM
David from West Hempstead

How is it at all coherent to assert that Asian Americans, or any other communities, cannot elect the candidate of their choice if they aren't put together in a district? Why not force various candidates to be responsive to the needs of the various communities in their districts, rather than cordoning off various minorities into one district?

Jan. 30 2012 10:39 AM

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