Submissions

Please submit your testimony, comments and maps ASAP. We cannot guarantee that any submissions received after December 6th will be considered as part of the line-drawing process

Public Comments

  • Daniel
    December 2, 2021
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  • Kim
    December 2, 2021
    Under one of the Commission’s draft plans, the Capital Region’s three major cities would be divided into two separate districts, with the City of Schenectady drawn into a Congressional district that also includes Sullivan County, the City of read more Binghamton, and parts of Madison County near the suburbs of Syracuse. As a resident of the city of Schenectady this separation is not only a disservice to Schenectady by aligning it with other areas that do not face the same social and economic challenges, but to those areas and their interests. Schenectady needs to remain in the same alignment with Troy and Albany and would hope this is not changed. All 3 cities have shared social and economic interests that splitting could potentially impact all 3 in a detrimental way. The Commission is to ensure their residents have the most effective form of federal representation possible, splitting these 3 cities would not accomplish that.
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  • Jacqueline
    December 2, 2021
    The Republican plan seems to expand the district North, South and West, not just North and South. . It also seems to envelope the Jewish community into one district - Kiryas Joel, Monroe and the Jewish community in Rockland. I am concerned about read more this large community whose political action has always been to consider the needs of that large community despite the needs of other communities in the area. Which one of these plans limits any community from having a monopoly? Neither plan seems to do that for the area I am in but the Republican plan adds to that issue because it encompasses Monsey, New City and other predominately Jewish areas in Rockland with Orange County towns. There is also no consideration of the new Pine Village Complex, which looks like a city being built in Monroe/Woodbury. How can we be assured that no one community will have so much political power in an area that it will overshadow the needs of smaller communities? I worked in ROCKLAND for 19 years and saw the destruction of their schools by a board that is predominantly Jewish. The state seems to be unable or unwilling to do anything about that type of domination. When non-Jewish people try to address this issue, they are called anti Semitic when they are just anti monopoly. The religious exemption really needs to be eliminated or greatly modified.
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  • Janet
    December 2, 2021
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    December 2, 2021 To whom it may concern: Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony for your consideration as you reach a decision regarding redistricting in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. I am writing on behalf of Rotary read more District 7120, a service organization of 65 clubs serving 11 counties in the Finger Lakes. The proposed maps have the counties of Wayne, Ontario and Seneca separated. I believe that these counties should be kept together for a number of reasons. Economically, culturally, and geographically, they are very similar, and their community resources mesh together better than the other alternatives. I learned today that these are the only 3 counties in New York State that have no safe houses for domestic abuse victims. They are working together to create such a venue. Again, having one Senate representative work on this area’s concerns relating to these assets and challenges is invaluable to making sure there is a consistent and cohesive approach in solving problems. Please consider this request that the Senate District representing Ontario, Wayne and Seneca Counties is left unchanged during your deliberations. Sincerely, Janet Tenreiro Rotary District 7120 District Governor
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  • Samantha
    December 2, 2021
    I can’t comment on the specifics of the proposed maps; I’ll leave that to those with more experience in the finer points of district lines. What I’d like to draw attention to is the timing. New maps are supposed to be released in February, read more potentially days before the start of petitioning for primary elections. How can candidates prepare for petitioning if they don’t even know with certainty what district they’ll be running in? As a county committee organizer this affects me directly. While larger office candidates may have paid staff to help them, county committee petitioning campaigns are organized by individual candidates and volunteers. It will be very burdensome to try to communicate last minute information about Assembly and Election District changes to hundreds of candidates, and it will create disengagement at best and prevent participation at worst. I ask that you please release the final maps - whatever they may be - in a timely manner that gives candidates for offices large and small sufficient time to prepare for the start of petitioning. This would be two weeks at an absolute minimum and ideally four weeks. Thank you.
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  • Gloria
    December 2, 2021
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  • Kim
    December 2, 2021
    Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in on the redistricting of the Finger Lakes Region. As a farmer who lives on the Wayne/Ontario County line, we see a lot of shared services for rural communities in the region including Wayne, Ontario and read more Seneca Counties. As a Wayne County resident, I don't like Wayne County being separated from other rural counties of like minded thinking. We are almost all rural and don't want to be added to and always out voted by Rochester suburbs and city residents of different thinking. Please do not split Wayne County away from Ontario and Seneca Counties. Thank you for your consideration.
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  • Darlene
    December 1, 2021
    First let me say I am a senior citizen residing in South Queens. I understand your commission wants to make changes that may jeopardize people that depend on Senior Citizen Centers. Since we all are aging let us be mindful that it won’t be long read more before we all will be needing our centers. Thank You All in advance for your continued support.
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  • Verda
    December 1, 2021
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    Testimony Text is attached in pdf.

Map Submissions

  • Verda
    December 1, 2021
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    https://districtr.org/plan/88405 Population of 135,770 is slightly over by 0.82% This includes the core of the Community of Interest to "Keep Jamaica Intact." Thanks for interactive program "Districtr" to support the construction this map.
  • Mahtab
    November 29, 2021
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    Hello Commission, My name is Mahtab Khan and I am the Secretary of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York. I’m also someone who's previously worked with the U.S Census Bureau as an enumerator helping folks in the community fill out the census. read more Thank you for holding these meetings and allowing community members to testify on redistricting. I recently updated my map and I believe this map better represents the best interests of communities that have been ignored and left out of the process for too long. As I mentioned in the previous meetings, I believe it is best for Assembly District 24 to have all of Hillside Avenue and have lines come down to reach Jamaica Avenue. We should also have Richmond Hill as its own independent Assembly District as recommended by community members there. Like I said before, Representation Matters at all levels of government. From the 150 seats we have in the State Assembly we only have 4 Asian State Assembly Members with only 2 being of South Asian descent. I believe if South Asian communities in Queens were not cracked, elected officials would have done more for our communities. In Assembly District 24, South Asian communities have been hit hardest by the pandemic - not just the virus itself, but by hate crimes, language barrier issues preventing them from accessing resources, and them not being able to pray or meet in congregations at our houses of worship - which has weakened our community ties. As immigrants we rely extensively on the networks that our faith communities and families provide For far too long these communities have been underserved, underfunded, and underrepresented and having representatives who understand our communities’ struggles would help address the changes we’d like to see. We can’t let the status quo continue. We need new leaders who come from our communities because they’d be able to best advocate for our needs and voice our concerns by understanding our struggles with their own lived experience. I believe establishing a South Asian plurality district won't solve all our problems but it will allow our communities to make some progress towards addressing the particular challenges we face. In Eastern Queens it’s possible to draw an Assembly District where the South Asian community has a plurality. Please try to use this map as a reference for how the new district lines should be drawn so our communities could finally get the funding and representation that’s been long overdue. Thank You!
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  • Sherif
    November 29, 2021
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    A map of Astoria, Queens, showing the percentage of Arabic-speakers and how the proposed Letters map dissects the community in half, diluting their political power, in a way that discriminates against this community.
  • Wai
    November 29, 2021
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    Northeastern Queens is divided incoherently when it can be divided into rational Assembly Districts just by using neighborhoods and major roadways. The attached proposal attempts to keep communities of interest intact, while forming more compact read more districts, by using the Long Island Expressway, Utopia Parkway, Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway, Jamaica Avenue and 35th Avenue as district lines. While this proposal would shift Assembly District 40 south, there is nothing sacrosanct about that district’s current lines. Heavily trafficked Northern Boulevard already bisects that district, separating its distinct halves. Any district encompassing Flushing will be overwhelmingly Asian majority because of the high population and percentage share of Asian residents.
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  • MARK
    November 27, 2021
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    Please find, attached, a presentation that includes the Proposed Map and associated requested data, related to the testimony of Mark Hanna, delivered on behalf of Yalla Brooklyn, on 11/16/21. Thank you.
  • Jami
    November 26, 2021
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    A compact map of New York's future congressional districts Copy-paste the following line to enter the redistricting map for closer examination and editing; https://davesredistricting.org/join/2d20b5c1-3cfc-45ba-a705-b3e1601a2033
  • Ekram
    November 24, 2021
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    Attached Map of Percentage of Population with Arab Ancestry with current Assembly District.
  • Amany
    November 24, 2021
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    Attached Map of Percentage of Population with Arab Ancestry in Brooklyn with current Assembly District
  • Samia
    November 24, 2021
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    Attached is Map of Percentage of Population with Arab Ancestry in Brooklyn with current Assembly District

Submitted Testimony

  • Rabia
    December 2, 2021
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    Nassau and Suffolk counties Meeting - Jul 20, 2021
  • Marissa
    December 2, 2021
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    Final Statewide Public Hearing Meeting - Dec 5, 2021
  • Viviane
    December 2, 2021
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  • Marissa
    December 1, 2021
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    Final Statewide Public Hearing Meeting - Dec 5, 2021
  • Marissa
    December 1, 2021
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    Statewide Meeting - Aug 15, 2021
  • MARK
    November 27, 2021
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    Kings County Meeting - Nov 16, 2021
  • Lawrence
    November 26, 2021
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  • Loretta
    November 24, 2021
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  • Samia
    November 24, 2021
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Archived Data

Below is archived written comment, testimony, and maps received by the Commission before the draft plans were released on September 15th, 2021.