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April 24, 2013
Jewish World Review
In liberal New York City, fervently-Orthodox Jews may soon be getting a district to call their own
Politically conservative Jews are anxious to finally get representation that reflects their values
A revised New York State Senate map released yesterday would, if approved, put the Orthodox and Chassidic neighborhoods of Boro Park and Flatbush into a single exclusive district, guaranteeing to shake up the political landscape.
The map, which must still overcome a gubernatorial veto threat and critique from both good government groups and the Democratic minority, would almost certainly lead to an Orthodox Jewish Republican getting elected in the district. It would also wrest control from the five state senators who currently represent the area, four of whom are Democrats.
The proposed district is the second most conservative in the state. During the 2008 presidential campaign, for example, Republican John McCain won 60 percent of its vote.
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The maps, released yesterday afternoon by the bipartisan Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, is mandated following the changes in population revealed in the 2010 Census count. It will be valid for a decade, until the next census.
"The Senate plan is fair, legal and protects minority voting interests," the task force, co-chaired by State Senator Michael Nozzolio and Assemblyman John McEneny, said in a release. "It complies with the State Constitution, the U.S. Constitution, state and federal laws, and the Federal Voting Rights Act."
The plan would add a 63rd Senate seat, and rejuggles the Assembly to account for population shifts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had originally promised to veto any map not drawn by an independent commission. But he did not repeat his threat at a news conference yesterday in the Governor's Mansion in Albany.
"I want to let the process play out," Cuomo said. "My point all along has been I want a better product and I want a better process, and I don't know where it ends. But I hope it ends, with a better product and a better process, and a reformed process at the end of the day. Between here and there, I can't tell you how it happens."
However, later yesterday Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said that the governor's promise stands.
"At first glance, these lines are simply unacceptable and would be vetoed by the governor," Vlasto said. "We need a better process and product."
Supporters of the proposed map were encouraged that Cuomo did not put the issue of independent redistricting on the same footing as marriage redefinition and a property tax.
As the primary season draws near, and ballots must be printed and candidates must be able to begin campaigning, there will be a pressure on the governor to either sign the map or veto it.
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