State Legislature Improved Congressional Maps, But Could Have Gone Further

New York, NY—Today, the New York State Legislature voted to approve their plan for Congressional district maps that will be in effect for the next decade. While the state Legislature has taken steps to reduce the splitting of minority communities of interest, the maps do not go far enough to represent all New Yorkers, including immigrant communities.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“We commend the NYS Legislature for righting some of the wrongs from the Independent Redistricting Commission’s proposed maps that were released two weeks ago. While we appreciate the NYS Legislature’s efforts to improve maps, they could have gone further. All communities deserve to see themselves reflected in New York’s Congressional maps. While these new maps took steps to restore Black communities of interest in the East Bronx and Westchester, they failed to keep a major Latino community of interest together in Corona, Queens; and they preserved a district in South Brooklyn and Staten Island that does not reflect the diversity there. In a thriving democracy, it is imperative that all people are actively engaged to ensure that all voices are heard. Public hearings are a critical part of the redistricting process, but the Independent Redistricting Commission failed to include community input. As a result, some will see their voting strength diluted, diminishing their ability to elect a candidate truly of their choice. Moving forward, the Commission must prioritize public input for any future redistricting process to rebuild trust in the State’s electoral system and ensure communities of interest remain whole.”