B’klyn judge appointed to redraw congressional boundaries of N.Y.

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Governor on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

A federal judge in Brooklyn was appointed Monday to redraw the boundaries for New York state’s 27 congressional districts. Judge Roanne Mann has until March 12 to give her recommendation for the state’s proposed congressional plan, according to lawyer Dan Burstein, one of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit to have the redistricting process put [...]


Halloran scolds Dems over new Assembly lines

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 25, District 26, District 27, Governor on February 23, 2012 | No Comments

At a Republican gathering Sunday evening, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) criticized the Democratic leadership in the state Assembly for redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that gerrymandered part of one northeast Queens district and minimized the voice of GOP voters. “Everywhere they could, they cut us in half,” he told members of the Queens [...]


New lines lambasted for state office seats

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

Civic groups, residents and community-based associations from across the borough lashed out Tuesday at the task force that proposed new district lines for state offices during a public hearing on the body’s plan at Borough Hall. When the lines for state Senate and state Assembly seats were unveiled last week, the drawn districts were widely [...]


New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on February 2, 2012 | No Comments

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls. “This actually makes it very amusing,” Peralta said. Both senators characterized the new districts, drawn by Senate Republicans, as politically [...]


New lines mean Qns senate shift

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Congress, District 10, District 14, District 15, District 6, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on February 2, 2012 | No Comments

State Sens. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) may need to sign up for dance lessons if newly proposed district maps are approved because they will be doing the shuffle. “It looks like a switcheroo,” Huntley said in a telephone interview Monday, comparing how the new lines give her [...]


Task force lines pit Avella vs. Stavisky

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on February 2, 2012 | No Comments

After a state body released redrawn lines for New York’s state Senate districts, cries of political gerrymandering were heard from northeast Queens all the way to Albany. In particular, political sources pointed to the proposed districts of Sens. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who would have to run against each other if the [...]