For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Mannerberg, [email protected], 929 553 7702
New York, N.Y. (October 6, 2022) – Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum after New York City Districting Commission released and voted on their latest draft of district maps, as part of the redistricting process for New York City’s 51 council districts:
“We are pleased that the NYC Districting Commission has come to an agreement. Once again, we commend the Commission for deliberating on this set of maps in public, allowing New Yorkers to understand the rationale behind proposed changes to the lines.”
“Since the Commission released their first draft of City Council district maps in July, thousands of New Yorkers have offered feedback on the proposed district lines. This is a testament to how important this process is to the future of our local democracy. We applaud all the New Yorkers who have been engaged in this process and made their voices heard.”
“It is imperative that the public remain engaged in this process. The City Council must expeditiously review these maps and submit its response. They should be free to do so without outside interference. The December 7 deadline for the final maps is only two months away, and any delay will only minimize the time for public feedback on a revised map, if the Council objects to the current plan.”
Citizens Union has closely monitored every New York City redistricting process since 1989. You can read more about our work on 2022 City Council Redistricting here.
If you would like to speak with a Citizens Union representative about the draft redistricting plan, please contact Lauren Mannerberg at [email protected].
About Citizens Union
For 125 years, Citizens Union has been a force for transparency, accountability and ethics in New York’s City and State governments. A nonpartisan organization, some of our current initiatives include a new agenda for police accountability, monitoring the City Council’s redistricting process and increasing civic engagement. Learn more at www.citizensunion.org.