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60 Queens polling sites to have Bengali translations
Politics Melissa Chan 7/09/2013 at 12:56PM

Ballots at 60 Queens polling sites this year will have Bengali translations, officials said, but advocates for South Asian voters are skeptical the move will crystallize. “Our concern is that we were told in the past that Bengali ballots would be available, particularly for the November general election, and that did not happen,” said attorney [...]

Districting Commission withdraws map, will hold new round of public hearings
Districting Commission withdraws map, will hold new round of public hearings
Central Billy Rennison 12/05/2012 at 10:02AM

Opponents of the city’s new district maps got their wish for another round of public hearings thanks to Assemblymember Vito Lopez, though confidence significant changes will be made remains low. When the city’s Districting Commission unveiled the maps on November 16, District 34 was redrawn to include the residence of the embattled assemblymember, reportedly at [...]

Districting Commission approves City Council map
Districting Commission approves City Council map
News Billy Rennison 11/23/2012 at 9:10AM

Another round of redistricting is complete and new City Council lines are one step away from taking effect. The city’s 15-member bipartisan Districting Commission unanimously approved the redrawn map on November 15 before presenting it to the City Council for approval. If the council does not object to the map, the new council districts will [...]

Queens advocates push for ‘unity map’ in Council redistricting
Queens advocates push for ‘unity map’ in Council redistricting
Central Billy Rennison 10/12/2012 at 2:51PM

One phrase was continually repeated at the second round of the city’s public hearing on redistricting — déjà vu. The chorus of voices, whose pleas went unheard at the first round of city council redistricting hearings, returned with much the same message. “Little has changed since August when we were commenting on the current district [...]