In a statement released today, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio threw his support behind the creation of a new Latino-majority congressional district during this year's redistricting process:
New York City rises on the foundation of our rich diversity. The remarkable achievements of Latino New Yorkers are increasingly defining our city's civic life, economy and faith communities. Our charge, as progressives, is to ensure that the opportunity for a political voice keeps pace.
Our State Legislature has the historic opportunity to create a third Congressional District to affirm the right of the growing Latino community to elect the candidates of its choice, without significant changes to current ‘majority-minority’ Congressional districts. With attacks on Latino electoral participation growing across the nation, creating a third Latino congressional district here would reaffirm our city's commitment to the American principles of openness, diversity and civic participation.
Creation of this new congressional district is the most appropriate means of ensuring that Latino voting interests are adequately represented in New York's congressional delegation.