Where You Draw the Line

Monday, May 10, 2010

Celeste Katz, who writes the Daily Politics blog at the New York Daily News, and Dick Dadey, executive director of the public interest and good government advocacy group Citizen's Union, talk about Democrats, Republicans and redistricting.


Dick Dadey and Celeste Katz

Comments [9]

Steve from Brooklyn

Nothing like a typo to undermine a rancorous post.

May. 10 2010 11:38 AM
Julia from Harlem

The state needs to follow the money... we need cuts in pensions, medicare and education. Outside of interest on debt, those are lion-share of the budget. Cutting a park or a library is really nothing more than window-dressing in an attempt to look like they're doing something and also to try to cajole more money from the taxpayer.

May. 10 2010 11:32 AM

I am not a pro-marijuana advocate. I have never used a drug other than alcohol, but now is the time to legalize marijuana in NY and tax the hell out of it.

Allow state regulated producers and state controlled distributors, and tax sales heavily. I imagine that NY state could raise significant money in the near term.

May. 10 2010 11:30 AM
Steve from Brooklyn

Does anyone believe that New York State employees work 100% of the time? Or even 80% of the time? I make no attempt at objectivity, here. I think our state workforce is comprised largely of lazy and entitled employees who fritter away more that 20% of the work week, wasting time and resources just like our government and its elected representatives waste our time, money and resources. Corruption, laziness, selfishness and entitlement are the hallmarks of this state's government, from its elected officials to the employees that work in the engine room of this moribund, broken, fat and lumbering machine.

May. 10 2010 11:29 AM

brian ask the caller what he would cut!

May. 10 2010 11:28 AM
bernie from bklyn

like everything else, there is no easy solution to this fiscal nightmare. the problem is grey and the solution has to be grey.
seems like some things could get cut and some things should be off limits. the first state expense to be cut with no regrets should be anymore funding for the MTA and put an end to all future contracts w/ the TWU and all other employees involved with the MTA. anyne who rides the bus or subway in this city can see, out in the open on a daily basis, the waste of our state tax funds on display. and all future state employee contracts must have their entitlements reduced and leave present contracts granfathered in.
there is so much waste and fraud in every aspect of the state gov't and entitlement programs. a truly independent watchdog agency is needed to constantly hunt for this fraud and waste. the AG has done a decent job but everything he does is political also.
do we really think that the fake medical place/slush fund for pedro espada is an isolated incident? i don't think so...every state expenditure needs to analyzed by an independent watchdog agency before the funds are released.
but schools and nypd/fdny shold not be cut in any way at this point in my opinion. i'd rather see taxes go up and risk losing the "irreplaceable geniuses" on wall st....believe me, they're not going anywhere- this is new york city.

May. 10 2010 11:23 AM

Wrong, Brian: All states do not draw new lines every10 years with the census. The Republicans in Texas redraw them more frequently to maximize their advantage in every race.

May. 10 2010 11:20 AM

Since using longitude and latitude for redistricting seems impossible, then I propose a few simple rules on redistricting:
(1) Districts should adhere to existing state, county, and town borders whenever possible.
(2) Keep neighborhoods whole.
(3) The public has the final say.

For example, it makes no sense to me why Syosset is split between two districts depending on which side of Jericho Turnpike you happen to live in. "North" Syosset is in district 3, which includes Oyster Bay and Glen Cove, while "South" Syosset is in district 2, which encompasses Sayville and Islandia.

As for keeping neighborhoods whole, I find it inconceivable that my block should be surrounded on three sides by a different district. As convenient as it is to use roadways as delimiters In urban areas (read: NYC), it only works when the full length of the roadway is used. I share the same problems as my neighbors across the street - I shouldn't be politically isolated from them.

Finally, politicians have a great conflict of interest in redistricting. Whether it's an [alleged] independent commission or a [purported] bipartisan committee, there will be pressure from all sides to draw favorable lines and there will still be NO oversight. If the public has the final say by voting to approve or reject the district map, there will true oversight and accountability.

May. 10 2010 11:16 AM

brian clearly the voters don't care what's happening in albany

May. 10 2010 11:11 AM

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