Assemblymembers were given their maps late last night (fellow Queens Assemblymember Grace Meng shared hers already). Former congressional candidate Assemblyman David Weprin is not happy about his.
The new 24th Assembly District lines in Queens would make a minority-majority district that stretches across the borough. The district would be an Asian-influenced district, with about 33 percent of the district being voting-age Asian. The white--and presumably heavily Jewish population that the current district now accommodates--is 26 percent of the voting age population.
Here's Weprin's statement in his letter to LATFOR:
Following the publication of the draft re-districting maps, I want to state my opposition to the changes made to the 24th Assembly district. While I thank LATFOR for its work on redistricting, our goal must be to ensure that the proposed maps reflect lines that represent a fair and independent process and keep communities of interest together.
Northeast Queens is a special and distinct geographic region, whose residents and community leaders have voiced their desire to be kept together in a contiguous district, rather than be divided. I look forward to offering testimony as part of LATFOR’s public review process and for my constituents to do likewise in order to end with a map that truly represents the unique character of Northeast Queens.