Proposed State Senate Redistricting Plan Reconfigures Current District 38

Rockland County Democratic Chair characterizes changes as politically motivated


New state legislative districts that reflect population shifts shown in the 2010 census were released today and Rockland County Democratic Chair Kristen Stavisky described the redrawn districts as putting politics before people.  The potential impact of the proposed redistricting is evident in the boundary changes to the current District 38, which includes all Rockland County and adjacent parts of southern Orange County.  Under the new lines, District 38 would encompass the Rockland towns of Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown and stretch across the Hudson River to include sections of southern Westchester County.

The district now represented by first-term Senator David Carlucci would lose the Rockland towns of Haverstraw and Stony Point along with the areas in southern Orange County including Tuxedo and Warwick townships.  Carlucci, a Democrat, could not be immediately reached for comment on the redistricting proposal.

Stavisky criticized the for ignoring Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for an independent, non-partisan redistricting process that focused on communities.

"It's clear to anyone, not just followers of politics, that these districts weren't drawn with the best interests of the people in mind," said Stavisky. "Albany Insiders, like Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, have made clear redistricting is about protecting incumbents more than reflecting communities. Why else would Rockland County, after more than 20 years as a single district, be split in two? "

The Task Force is holding a second round of public hearings next week on its redistricting proposal.  The closest sessions are in the Bronx and Manhattan.  None are scheduled for the Lower Hudson Valley.  Written testimony can be submitted to:

NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
250 Broadway - Suite 2100
New York, NY 10007

"I call on Governor Cuomo to make good on his veto threat and give New Yorkers the non-partisan map they deserve," said Stavisky.

The maps can be viewed online.  Using 2012 census data, and other factors, the bipartisan task force developed a new state political map for November’s elections. The Assembly and State Senate must vote on the maps. Then the governor has the choice of signing them or vetoing them.

Scott Walters January 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Funny how when Ben Gilman was redistricted out the sound form the Dems was that of crickets chirping....LOLOLOLOLOL
Scott Walters January 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Mike January 27, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Spot on Scott! How does the smallest county in NYS have multiple Congressional reps and not even single State Assesmbly and Senators? For this woman to feign outrage is a joke. If she and her party are that upset, then please re-gerrymander RC to one whole CD
Yehbut January 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Politically motivated redistricting !!! What! Outrageous!! I will bet the farm and the ranch that when the dems get the chance again, guess what will happen? In the mean time- deal with it!
Mike January 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I agree that each party will do this when in control, but I think we as citziens need to move beyond just dealing with it. I think this process of gerrymandering and drawing politically conceived districts is at the root of the problems in DC and Albany. Why is the atmosphere so vile-I believe it is because we have so entrenched political ideologies through gerrymandred distrcits. In order to get elected in these districts, candidiates must paly to the extreme nature of each bases (both parties). There is no room for debate or discussion. If districts were set up non-politically, then we would have a much more robust exchange of ideas, a utually respect and competetition of ideas rather than party ideologues. Gerrymandering is a cancer on our Republic. Time to redrawn all districts based upon natural geographic boundaries and also time to impose term limits


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