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Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated-New Council District?

The New York City Redistricting Commission is holding public hearings this fall to discuss possible changes to City Council districts (there are currently 51 citywide).  Changes may be announced in late 2012 or early 2013 and would be finalized in late 2013.  Redistricting is required by the U.S. Constitution to ensure that each district contains a roughly equal number of residents and that the principle of  "one person-one vote" is respected. 

Hudson Heights is mostly encompassed by Council District 7, represented by Robert Jackson.  Depending on your definition of Hudson Heights, it may also include portions of District 10, respresented by Ydanis Rodriguez.  Some folks "in the know" think the Commission will combine the two districts into one.  Jackson himself may not strongly oppose this because he is not eligible to run for re-election after serving three terms.  And Rodriguez would likely support the change because he would gain a solidly Hispanic district that may help his reelection.  Such a radical change to the districting of upper Manhattan would, however, be unusual. 

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