Thursday, September 13, 2012

City Council Redistricting - Speak Out on Thurs., Oct. 4

Since the Redistricting Commission is planning to carve up the West Side, speak out.  Click here for comparison maps (before and after the proposed changes).  You can click on District 8 (where we're located) and enlarge it to see how far it goes now and how it will be changed.  We would go from District 8 to District 6.  (Dist. 6 is now represented by term-limited Council Member Gale Brewer.)

We've been represented for the past few years by Melissa Mark-Viverito, a big supporter of affordable housing. 

The next hearing in Manhattan will be :  

THURSDAY, OCT. 4 at 5:30 PM
at the Schomberg Center in Research for Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. 
New York, NY 10037.

                                                                                                                                     September 12, 2012
Benito Romano, Chair
Jamila Ponton Bragg
Scott Cerullo
Kamillah M. Hanks
Robert W. Hart
Linda Lin
Oscar Odom III
Thomas Ognibene
Frank Padavan
Roxanne J. Persaud
Madeline Provenzano
John Robert
Gloria Carvajal Wolfe
Marc Wurzel
Justin Yu

Carl Hum
Executive Director
New Yorkers are encouraged to attend and provide input on how the Commission should redraw the city’s district lines.

The New York City Districting Commission Chairman Benito Romano and Executive Director Carl Hum today announced the second round of public hearings to solicit testimony related to the preliminary draft of the Council district map which was released at the public hearing on September 4th. The current district lines for the preliminary draft map were adjusted for population utilizing the most recent census data. The Commission also released an online mapping tool for the public’s use to draw district maps that could be submitted to the Commission for its consideration. The citywide hearings will begin next month and the public encouraged to pre-register for speaking time or submit testimony via the NYC Districting Commission’s website at

“The Commission is excited to receive feedback form the public on the preliminary draft map published in early September,” said Benito Romano, Chairman of the NYC Districting Commission. “As the districting process unfolds, the Commission is hopeful that the final district map will accurately reflect our City’s population and more importantly, our communities.”  

“The second round of hearings furthers the opportunity for New Yorkers to be heard during this important districting process,” said Carl Hum, Executive Director. “With our interactive website and the hearings in varied locations throughout the five boroughs, there are so many opportunities for the public to be heard.” 

Tuesday, October 2nd
Bronx Community College (CUNY)
2155 University Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
Thursday, October 4th
Schomberg Center in Research for Black Culture
515 Malcom X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
Tuesday, October 9th
New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Wednesday, October 10th
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
31-10 Thompson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday, October 11th  
      Medgar Evers College    (CUNY)
1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225


The Commission, in their continued commitment to ensure that the districting process is transparent and inclusive, announces that they have staff members with multi-lingual capabilities on hand to speak to local community boards, non-profit organizations and churches for anyone who wants to learn more about the Commission and how they can get involved in the decennial districting process.


The Commission invites anyone from the public to use their mapping resource room for those who need assistance with the online mapping software. Terminals are available by appointment only and can be booked by calling the Commission’s office at 212-442-6940or emailing Justin Bassett at
For more information about the Commission, schedule an appointment to use the online mapping tool or book a Commission staffer to speak at local organizations, please call 212-442-6940 or visit