Legistlative Task Force

In Brooklyn Redistricting, Eggs In One Basket

Senate releases superdistrict with heavy Orthodox base, but some question the logic; race for Kruger seat turns ugly.

01/31/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

As anticipated, New York’s legislative task force for redistricting last week released a map that packs several heavily Orthodox neighborhoods into one Senate bailiwick for a Jewish Brooklyn “superdistrict.”

But not everyone is embracing the idea.

“This is a smoke-filled, backroom deal,” said Councilman David Greenfield, who represents parts of Borough Park and Flatbush. Last year, Greenfield testified before the redistricting committee that two or three senators, rather than the current six should represent Orthodox areas.

Some say the proposed superdistrict would give Orothodox voters "significant influence" in Senate races.
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