Council President Lesnick Applauds Governor’s Proposed State Independent Redistricting Commission

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Lesnick_Chuck with Flag Calls for Similar Commission for Yonkers to Promote Reform, Transparency and End ‘Gerrymandering’ 

Yonkers, NY— February 18, 2011 —  Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement to establish an Independent Redistricting Commission to permanently reform how congressional and state legislative districts lines are drawn in New York, Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick today pledged to support a local Independent Redistricting Commission in order to draw lines for Yonkers in advance of the 2013 elections according to the similar principles.       

Mr Lesnick said, "What began with a grass-roots movement of citizens involved with NY Uprising, is now being put forth by Governor Cuomo and should be implemented not only for state and federal office holders but also in Yonkers and every city in the state that has council districts."     

Mr Lesnick called for the local commission to mirror the focus and criteria of the proposed state commissions in that:

To the extent practicable, the most and least populous city council districts shall not exceed the mean population of districts for each house by more than one percent;

Districts shall unite communities of interest;

To the extent practicable, neighborhoods shall not be divided in the formation of districts.     

In addition, the Commission’s redistricting plans would be drawn according to thefollowing requirements, subject to the requirements of state and federal law:

* All council districts shall be as nearly equal in population as practicable;

* Districts shall be contiguous;

* Districts shall not be established that are intended to or result in a denial or abridgement of minority voting rights including the opportunity of minority voters to participate in the political process, and to elect the candidates of their choice, including but not limited to minority populations with the opportunity to elect the candidates of their choice without comprising a majority of the district; and

* Districts shall not be drawn with an intent to favor or oppose any political party, any incumbent, or any previous or presumed candidate for office;     

Similar to Governor Cuomo’s proposal, the members of the Independent Redistricting Commission would be chosen by the legislative leaders from a bi-partisan pool of qualified candidates that reflects the city's geographic, racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. That pool would be chosen by a bi-partisan nominations committee selected by the executive and legislative branches. At each step of the appointments process, the decision-makers must consult with organizations devoted to protecting minority and other voters' rights and must adhere to criteria to ensure the independence of those who draw the lines.      

Requirements for service include being at least four years removed from being a member of the City Council, a city employee, a political party official, or a registered lobbyist. 

SOURCE: Office of the Yonkers City Council President's Director of Communication Adam Brill.


 

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  1. There is NO SUCH THING as NON Partisan anything. By definition, everyone involved in the political process comes to the table with their biases. To claim non partisan redistricting is the ultimate lie.
    The individuals selected for this panel will be hand picked and know the agenda.
    Typical Coumo and company BS.

  2. joan wanted this done now…this statement seems to be centered around a 2013 finished redivision, which means this year’s election will be within the current horrible lines whe has in the third district – the worst drawn in the city of Yonkers. Which means that three city councilpeople will serve four-year terms and the new division will not take place, for their races, until the 2015 election.

  3. I am waiting for the inevitable press releases from Spano and Cousins latching on and taking credit for “their support” of this legislation.
    In terms of Chuckles, I got a headache reading his “plan.” Fair redistricting is a worthy goal, however what is written above is so complex that we will be arguing about race what constitutes a “neighborhood.”
    I also need the following explained as to why this is not already in place. No person of any race is denied the right to vote, or the right to participate in the political process, or to vote for whomever they wish.
    “Districts shall not be established that are intended to or result in a denial or abridgement of minority voting rights including the opportunity of minority voters to participate in the political process, and to elect the candidates of their choice, including but not limited to minority populations with the opportunity to elect the candidates of their choice without comprising a majority of the district”
    Looks like Liberal gibberish to me, and adds no protections to existing laws that give everyone the right to vote and to vote for whomever they want.

  4. Lets see if they can put Park Hill back into one district. It is currently split into three and as a result no one feels responcible.

  5. This is good. The Yonkers Council has a history of very partisan redistricting and whether he is Mayor or still Council President, Lesnick seems committed to taking politics out of this process. I am sure that Joan will join with him and quite frankly I would hope that they all join in.

  6. …and I applaud Chuck, for applauding the Governor, and I applaud myself for applauding Chuck, and my pet parrot just applauded me for applauding Chuck…and I applaud Murtagh for not applauding my Parrot, myself, Chuck and the Governor…YET.

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