For Immediate Release:
Contact: Susan Lerner
Sept 6, 2011
Redistricting Commission Comes to Queens Battleground
Common Cause NY to release new maps with demographic and statistical data Rapid growth in immigrant communities will require radical redrawing of electoral lines
Tomorrow, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) will hold its only public hearing in Queens prior to determining new district lines for federal and state elected office. In anticipation, Common Cause NY will release original maps with comprehensive demographic and statistical data for Queens from the 2010 census on-line at: http://www.citizensredistrictny.org/blog/.
Queens is a battleground borough, which has seen explosive growth in its immigrant communities, with a 30% increase among Asians. Lines must be radically redrawn to adequately represent the changing landscape.
When: WEDNESDAY, September 7th @ 10:00 AM
Where: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Who: Common Cause NY, the public, legislators, community organizations and others
What: Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) Public Hearing
Common Cause is a leader in redistricting reform around the nation. Common Cause California wrote and helped to pass the Voters First Initiative in California in 2008 which set up the first Citizens' Redistricting Commission in the U.S. which is currently in the process of drawing new political boundaries transparently and with public input. Common Cause Minnesota helped pass a referendum in Minneapolis that removes political parties from the redistricting process by having a judge appoint members of the redistricting commission. Common Cause strongly supported and helped pass the Fair Districts Florida initiatives in 2010 that set new rules for redrawing legislative and congressional lines which prohibit drawing districts to favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party.
Office: Common Cause New York
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