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New Proposed Maps Would Inflict Negative Effects to Long Standing Communities in NYC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

July 15, 2022  

Contacts:
Carolina González [email protected] | 212-739-7513
Sarai Bejarano [email protected] | 212-739-7581 

New Proposed Maps Would Inflict Negative Effects to Long Standing Communities in NYC
NYC Redistricting Commission Releases Proposed City Council Redistricting Maps 

New York, NY – On a vote of 11-2 today the New York City's Redistricting Commission passed the new proposed City Council redistricting maps.

The following statement can be attributed to LatinoJustice PRLDEF:
“LatinoJustice PRLDEF and our Unity Map partners are disappointed that the NYC Redistricting commission did not adopt all of our preliminary mapping suggestions, which aimed to protect the interests of long-standing communities, especially communities of color. For example, the commission’s choice to crack the longstanding community of interest in Sunset Park, as well as removing Red Hook from District 38, thereby splitting communities that in the past benefitted from joint representation. Also, maintaining three districts within Staten Island, as the Commission proposes, raises serious malapportionment issues and threatens the federal principle of one person, one vote, additionally causing disruptive shifts in other districts throughout the other boroughs. 

“Simply put, we cannot overlook or ignore the substantial negative effects these changes would inflict. While we continue a rigid analysis of the commission's maps, it is clear that these maps leave much to be desired. We will work tirelessly to analyze the data to get our communities the information they need, so the Commission can take into account what our communities want and need to protect and support their voting power.”

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For nearly 50 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout the country. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit www.LatinoJustice.org