NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Modifications in New York Congressional districts are creating some controversy. New district maps may give Democrats an edge in 22 of the 26 seats.
And as CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday, Republicans are livid.
The eleventh Congressional District represented by Republican Nicole Malliotakis consists of all of Staten Island and like-minded neighborhoods on the opposite aspect of the Verrazano Bridge, like Bay Ridge.
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Beneath the brand new redistricting plan these areas are changed by the closely Democratic neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Park Slope, Kramer reported.
“The Democrats are at all times in search of a technique to get forward. Staten Island is extra Republican than Park Slope. It’s an obstacle,” Staten Island resident Anthony Bolanich stated.
“I don’t assume it’s honest that the Democrats are reforming a district to favor the Democratic get together,” Sal Campanelli stated.
“It’s so typical of them to do the imbalance,” Rose Campanelli added.
“That is an assault on the individuals of Staten Island and southern Brooklyn and a blatant try and take their Congressional seatm to silence their voices,” Malliotakis stated.
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The identical factor will have an effect on an upstate district the place Republican Claudia Tenney must run in Republican Lee Zeldin‘s Lengthy Island district. GOP Chair Nick Langworthy calls it, “Probably the most brazen and outrageous try at rigging” an election and is threatening to sue.
However Sen. Michael Gianaris, the chair of the Redistricting Fee, says deliver it on.
“We had our attorneys have a look at these strains backwards and forwards, the other way up, and proper aspect up. We’re assured that every one the necessities have been met,” Gianaris stated.
Gianaris is unsympathetic to Malliotakis.
“It’s commonplace that somebody would cry about it in the event that they assume they’re deprived, however we don’t know what the result goes to be inn an election. It’s as much as the voters,” Gianaris stated.
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Betsey Gottbaum of excellent authorities group Citizens Union says, “The strains, themselves, appear so wacky.”
She factors to Lengthy Island Congressman Tom Suozzi‘s district, which can go throughout the Sound so far as Westchester County’s Rye Brook.
And the way about this: Malliotakis’ district consists of Park Slope, the place the neighborhood’s most infamous resident, Bill de Blasio, may conceivably run.
The brand new Congressional strains are anticipated to be accepted by the state Legislature on Wednesday. Then, Gov. Kathy Hochul will get to weigh in. On Tuesday, she declined to say whether or not the brand new strains really do favor Democrats.
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