The Latest in the Redistricting Battle

Monday, February 04, 2013

Detail of the proposed NYC City Council districts from December 2012 (NYC Districting Commission)

Since the most recent City Council redistricting proposal, negotiations have been taking place to further adjust the balance of power among New York City communities. In advance of Wednesday's public hearing, several experts weigh in on NYC's changing demographics and how redistricting will affect city council elections.

→ Hearing: This Wednesday, February 6th | New York Law School 6pm | More Information

Current Proposal (UPDATE: Latest proposal from 2/5/13)

 More Resources: Redistricting Commission Home | Current Proposal Maps | More Maps (PDFs)


Explore the Changing District Maps

 Map via Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center/CUNY

The map below overlays current and proposed districts (we've centered it on WNYC's address in Hudson Square but you can explore your neighborhood too). Shift the slider to see how districts would change. Visit the CUNY mapping center for more ways to explore the data. Note that new maps will be issues this week, with slight changes expected.

Comments [10]

Jess from El Barrio

District 8 map needs to be changed and Quinn is responsible for that.

Feb. 04 2013 01:55 PM
Mich from Jackson Heights, Queens

How does redistricting affect school zones? We have been trying to changing the school district our block is zoned to for several years, but politicians don't seem to care. Our Jackson Heights block is arbitrarily zoned for a school a town over - Elmhurst- whereas the rest of Jackson Heights gets to keep their kids educated in Jackson Heights. From what we hear, redistricting is up for change in 2014, and no politician (despite letters, petitions, meeting in person) has stepped up to help.

Feb. 04 2013 11:50 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

That's what redistricting is all about. It's ethnic struggle under the rubric of democracy. It's how ethnic groups try to retain control over turfs. It's democratic gang warfare. But still preferable to actual warfare as we see in the sectarian struggles in the Middle East and Africa.

Feb. 04 2013 11:39 AM

Maybe there should be MORE districts to increase diverse representation

Feb. 04 2013 11:37 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Jesus, what's the matter with Bayside? Racists.

Feb. 04 2013 11:36 AM
Ian from brooklyn ny

Who is going to run for Councilman Barrons seat in ENY since his seat has been up last year?
Jumaane Williams is great for Flatbush and look out for Ede Fox in Letisha James old district since she is running for Public Advocate

Feb. 04 2013 11:35 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I'm still waiting to elect the candidate of my choice. It's never happened in any election I have voted. Ho-hum.

Feb. 04 2013 11:33 AM
Gerry McCleave from Bronx

Where is the northern Bronx on the map? My map only goes as far as Astoria, Queens.

Feb. 04 2013 10:06 AM
Cheryl Pahaham from Inwood

New York City's process is flawed and began much too late for any meaningful public input. All Census data were available in 2010 and the process should have begun then, with a public education campaign. Because this did not happen, what we are faced with in northern Manhattan is cronyism, where incumbents make deals to protect their interests and reward their allies. Even the so-called Unity Plan is not immune from this taint. One of the demographers working to develop the map proposed by the Unity Coalition told me that he consulted with Ydanis Rodriguez, Mark Levine and "other leaders" about the plan. No community members were consulted, no public meetings were held, and no kind of public education effort took place before our northern Manhattan leaders came to agreement on how to redraw uptown districts. (I should also note that no Council or ED level data were available to the general public such as from the NYC Department of Planning website.) All of this, of course, took place before the NYC Districting Commission had its first public hearing.

I believe that all of the plans proposed for Manhattan and specifically for Districts 7 and 10 violate the Voting Rights Act because they will reduce minority representation from Manhattan. And while I think the Unity Coalition did a great job in the congressional redistricting, the coalition produced a rather biased and unfair result in the Council redistricting for District 7. The NYC Districting Commission has failed to respond to comments from the community regarding District 7 and instead has acknowledged and reflected concerns of Inez Dickens and Ydanis Rodriguez in its redrawing of Districts 10 and 7. New York City's process is as prone to manipulation as New York State's. I hope the Justice Department steps in.

Feb. 04 2013 09:18 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I can't wait to hear this conversation. All I know is my city councilor, Sara Gonzalez, does not respond to emails.

Feb. 04 2013 09:03 AM

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