Why You Should Care About Redistricting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dick Dadey, president of Citizens Union, joins us to discuss the latest twists and turns in the redistricting battle, and why Governor Cuomo's veto threat isn't working.


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Comments [7]

Common Cause/NY

Dadey is wrong as to what the court can start with. If there is no approved map,if the Governor vetoes an unacceptable map, then the court has discretion to draw a fair map. The Special Master has asked the parties to the redistricting litigation to provide comments about the Common Cause Reform Map, contradicting the assertion that the court will start with the existing district lines. You can see the Common Cause maps at

Feb. 28 2012 07:11 PM
Alex from Brooklyn

If Dick Dadey is so against slicing up the upper west side in the Assembly, because the community needs one voice. Is he also for the super Jewish senate district in Brooklyn? - so orthodox Jews get a voice??

Feb. 28 2012 11:44 AM
Steven Romalewski from New York City

You can see the proposed maps compared with the current Senate and Assembly districts here:

If you click the "More Data" tab in the lower right, you can display demographic patterns and 2010 voting results on the maps. And you can click on a district for more info. Here's an example of Senate District 22 in Brooklyn:

Feb. 28 2012 11:30 AM
H. Judith from Sunnyside

Ok, this is a little off topic, but a little known fact is that gerrymander is always mispronounced. It should be gerrymander with a hard g and not with a soft g (like a j sound). Gerrymander came from a political cartoon when Elbridge Gerry was governor of Massachusetts in the early 1800s, and the term came as a description of the salamander-like shape of the North Shore of Massachusetts district (where Gerry was from). Gerry was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Amazingly I am an alum of the Elbridge Gerry Elementary School in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He has a school named after him - still!

Feb. 28 2012 10:53 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The two party dictatorship continues - they decide who votes for them.

Feb. 28 2012 10:48 AM
Robert from NYC

Do you have a copy of this map to post? I'd love to see it.

Feb. 28 2012 10:48 AM

gerry mander our oldest enemy

Feb. 28 2012 10:16 AM

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