district lines

Injunction denied, new district lines are final
Injunction denied, new district lines are final
News Michael Pantelidis 5/22/2012 at 6:19PM

Following the failure of a preliminary injunction against the state legislative map, no pencils can erase and redraw district lines. The injunction, which was requested by Democrats, was recently rejected by a judge – finalizing the lines for the upcoming State Senate and Assembly elections due to the lack of time remaining for a trial [...]

Judge redraws Congressional district lines
Judge redraws Congressional district lines
News Michael Pantelidis 3/21/2012 at 7:42AM

The failure of the State Legislature has left a panel of federal judges with the final decision on district lines. Due to the state government’s inability to come to an agreement on Congressional redistricting, the panel imposed a court-drawn, revised map on March 19. The court’s ruling reduces the number of districts from 29 to [...]

New district lines ‘as bad’ as before
News Michael Pantelidis 3/14/2012 at 2:18PM

Recent revisions to district lines have done little to darn the disharmony between Republicans and Democrats. The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) — made up largely of Republican senators due to their current control of the chamber — released its updated district maps on March 12, angering Democrats [...]

Will Turner’s district disappear?
Will Turner’s district disappear?
News Michael Pantelidis 3/07/2012 at 6:46AM

A federal magistrate’s recent re-drawing of state congressional lines leaves Congressmember Bob Turner as the odd man out. Magistrate Roanne Mann’s revised maps released on March 6 would eliminate Turner’s Brooklyn-Queens district and may reportedly force him to run for the same seat belonging to Congressmember Gregory Meeks in a Democratic and heavily African-American area. [...]

Redistricting battle: Court steps in
News Michael Pantelidis 2/15/2012 at 3:30PM

Inaction by lawmakers has prompted a federal judge to recommend court intervention in New York’s redistricting process. Judge Dora Irizarry said on February 13 that federal courts should be placed in charge of ensuring the state’s election process for Senate, Assembly and Congressional districts adheres to state and federal law, and suggested a special master [...]

Senate Redistricting plan is divisive
News Michael Pantelidis 1/31/2012 at 1:19PM

Newly-drawn district lines may pit Senate Democrats against one another in a political dogfight. Under the proposed plan, which was designed by the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) — made up largely of Republican senators due to their current control of the chamber — Democratic Senate Campaign Committee [...]

Eastern Queens joining together to be less divided
News Michael Pantelidis 12/16/2011 at 9:57AM

Eastern Queens is uniting in a fight to make district lines dividing the community disappear. A group of civic associations, local leaders and concerned residents from Glen Oaks, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Bellerose and Queens Village have joined forces to form Eastern Queens United, a coalition demanding their neighborhoods be rejoined in the same [...]