Redistricting Shakes Up Jewish Map

Communities shifted to new House districts, but voting power seen intact.
03/26/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The new map for congressional districts in New York represents a fairly substantial shakeup of the local Jewish political map, which will put some members’ outreach and coalition-building skills to the test.

For example, Rep. Edolphus Towns will likely need a Russian-speaking liaison to reach out to what he hopes will be new constituents in Brighton Beach, who are currently in Jerrold Nadler’s district.

A map of Brooklyn and Queens created by the JCRC shows vacancy created by Rep. Gary Ackerman’s decision not to seek re-election.

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.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
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.

Is A Jewish Republican Seat Growing In Brooklyn?

There is word today that that rarest of breeds, a Jewish Republican, could soon emerge from New York’s political turmoil, and in Brooklyn no less.


Appellate Judge Lifts Hold On Nassau District Lines Change

Plan still faces court challenge.
05/29/2011 - 20:00

An appellate judge has lifted the order preventing the Nassau County Legislature from adopting new district lines.

Judge Joseph Covello late Thursday allowed the legislators to continue using the new lines as it plans this year's elections, despite concerns by county Democrats in a lawsuit that the lines were drawn to favor the GOP majority. But the battle isn't over yet.

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