Submissions

Public Comments

  • Laurel
    October 24, 2021
    As a citizen of Chautauqua County, it is important to me and my family that our representation in both Washington DC and Albany accurately represent us, both in terms of our values and our specific situations. Due to our proximity to the border of read more PA, many people from my town, Westfield, and those surrounding me actually work, shop and go to medical facilities over the border due to it being closer or more opportune than other places. We share a unique economic situation with the other southern tier states, one which is not shared with those in the Buffalo greater metropolitan area. Therefore, consolidating our district with that of Buffalo would result in my friends and family lacking representation. Additionally, we are largely agricultural, with a strong dependence on tourism in the summers and farming year round. We only have 3 significant urban areas, all small compared to even suburbs of Buffalo, and two of which are essentially halves of the same city in terms of geography, although demographically and economically different. Grouping us with Erie County would make it more likely that solutions for our district would be approached with an urban mindset, and that area has different problems than we do. Crime in Erie County is significantly higher, as is population density, pollution, unemployment and the like. Our county needs different solutions than they do because our situations are very different. We also tend to lean a different political direction from Erie County and other urban areas, so joining us with them would lead to many people feeling as though we are undergoing "taxation without representation," as the old colonial adage goes. We already see this in many areas of our lives given the supermajority in NYS, and this would only perpetuate that problem and further decrease our representation. Please consider the true needs of the citizens of each area, and listen to our representatives Andy Goodell, George Borello and Tom Reed, as well as the testimony of those living in these districts, when considering the redistricting lines. Thank you for your time.
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  • Lester
    October 23, 2021
    I want to thank the commission for giving me the time to testify: My name is Lester Kaufman. I am a member of the Jewish community of Central Queens. Currently, under the current maps, our community is divided between the 27th Assembly District read more and the 25th Assembly District. The neighborhoods of Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, and Hillcrest are divided. I am asking this commission to take into account the unification of Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, and Hillcrest so that Jewish representation is not diluted in this redistricting process. When this commission redraws the Assembly district lines, please incorporate all neighborhoods mentioned into one assembly district. The aforementioned neighborhoods in the south should be connected with College Point, Northern Whitestone, and Le Havre Cooperative in the north. Currently, the Jewish Community in Central Queens is split between 4 state senate districts. It does not allow for any conformity to representation in the State Senate. Your drafts have created a central Queens and Eastern Queens plan that incorporates parts of Kew Gardens Hills being split up again in three districts. Again, We need to be in one State Senate district. We are asking when you redraw your drafts that Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, and Hillcrest be drawn into a Central Queens district with the neighborhoods of Northern Forest Hills, Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth, and Ridgewood. Also, Please consider the Eastern Queens map as well, where the neighborhoods I mentioned as a block be included with Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Little Neck Douglaston, Bayside, and Bay Terrace. Consider your guide eastward between the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway to the County Line, before heading strictly north. Please make every effort to keep Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, and Hillcrest together in both an Assembly District as well as one State Senate district Thank You Lester Kaufman
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  • Robert
    October 23, 2021
    Please do not separate the town of Victor from its rural neighbors of Farmington, Bloomfield, and Canandaigua. We are all closely integrated and have the same needs. Victor is not part of the big city of Rochester or Monroe County, it is part of read more Ontario County. Victor will loose it's voice in congress if moved.
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  • Rick
    October 23, 2021
    These district maps that determine who represents us in Congress, State Senate and Assembly for the next 10 years should not change for the southern Tier. From what I can see the changes are calculated to gain power. Redistricting is not for the read more people of the area but more for political parties. They must accurately reflect our community, not create an advantage for different parts of the state or weaken our voice in Albany. Therefore I respectfully request the maps do not change for the southern tier. Thank you.
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  • Maureen
    October 22, 2021
    You have to change your deadlines. You withheld information from us and now expect us to make a decision that will effect us for the next 10 years. The district with the highest population upswing was Brooklyn. Yet, the first meeting is going to be read more in Buffalo, the home of our governor. Not a good visual needless to say. I suggest you extend the deadline to July 1, 2022.
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  • Anne
    October 22, 2021
    I attended the League of Women Voters Zoom meeting on redistricting. I support the draft Congressional names plan, the Senate letters plan, and the Assembly names plan as more equitable than the current districts.
  • Marie
    October 22, 2021
    Whatever redistricting lines are drawn, NYS must come as close to the "one person one vote" principle as set out in our constitution. The will of the voters in cities and towns can no longer continue to play a subordinate role in many of our read more elections.
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  • Jesse
    October 22, 2021
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    Respectfully submitted by Manhattan Community Board 4.
  • Nicholas
    October 22, 2021
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    Please find my comments regarding redistricting attached.

Map Submissions

  • Jasmin
    October 23, 2021
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    See attached.
  • Dylan
    October 21, 2021
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    This is a map of the Rochester neighborhoods which should all be considered communities of interest when drawing maps.
  • Dylan
    October 17, 2021
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    This map specifically relates to the Rochester region and fixes some of the issues that local advocates had with splitting up communities of interest within the city. It also proposes a change in the southern part of Monroe County as it relates to read more Assembly districts.
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  • Michael
    October 3, 2021
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    Hello, I am a resident of southern Brooklyn in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst. After viewing the "Letters" and "Names" proposals introduced by your commission, I noticed that the "Letters" plan takes my community out of Nicole Malliotakis's Staten read more Island district and places me in Nydia Velazquez's district which connects to Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Not only would my community be at the southern tip of Velazquez's district, but it would be unlike the rest of the district politically. I can see the Verrazano Bridge from my window, and many people that work here live in Staten Island, so I feel that Staten Island is a community of interest to mine. The "Letters" plan would be a disaster for our political influence. The "Names" plan does indeed keep me in the Staten Island congressional district, however the closest high school to me and many of the grocery stores I shop at are in other districts. It splits the Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst area. I attached my rendition of the Staten Island congressional district, which I feel is even better than the "Names" plan, and keeps all our communities of interest together. Please let me know what you think of this map and if you are willing to pass that. Thank you!
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  • Stuart
    September 28, 2021
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    Both the letters and names map seem to be very partisan and separates cohesive communities in the name of changing the partisan balance. This is bad for democracy. I created this map - it is not perfect but tries to group communities together read more without having snaking gerrymandered districts. Thank you for your consideration.
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  • Srikar
    September 25, 2021
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    2022-2032 Congressional Map. This map uses 2020 population data to balance districts with all population deviations (from the ideal district size) no more than 1000. Four districts have a partisan difference of no more than 2%: Staten Island, read more Sullivan/Ulster/Dutchess/Orange Counties, the Western Adirondacks, and the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier area.
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  • Bartholomew
    September 24, 2021
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    I am submitting the attached State Senate map for the entire area North of the New York City line. This map presupposes that there the state is split such that there are 37 Senate Districts fully contained in New York City and Long Island, with the read more remaining 26 Senate Districts entirely north of New York City. This is closest whole number to an even geographic distribution. Since New York City has consistently seen higher growth rates than the state as a whole north of New York City, it is fair and proper for New York City districts to be slightly smaller than districts north of the city line. This plan only splits five municipalities; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon. Every other city and town is contained within a single Senate district and no city is split more than once. There are a minimal number of county splits made by choice – rather than because the population distribution requires it, all of which serve to unite clear communities of interest. Overall this map is compact (significantly more so than current maps, or in my judgment the proposals of the IRC), has relatively few districts that would be blowouts for either party, increases minority representation by ensuring minority communities are not split, and respects communities of interest. It is described, region by region, below. Westchester and Rockland Counties: Districts 38, 39, 40, and 41. All four districts are fully contained within a single county and have 40-66% minority residents. District 38 consists of the Town of Greenburgh, and portions of the cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon. It is a minority coalition district under the VRA, potentially considered a Black district under the VRA. District 39 consists of the remainder of Southern Westchester, excepting the City of White Plains. When viewed in combination, Districts 38 and 39 are each within 500 people of the ideal district for this block of 26 districts. District 40 is entirely within Westchester County as well, comprising the city of White Plains and all but two municipalities north of the major highway of the region, I-287. It is within 1000 residents of the ideal district for this block of 26 districts. District 41 is all of Rockland County except for the Town of Stony Point. Rockland County has slightly too many residents to serve as a self-contained State Senate District so must divest itself of its smallest municipality, which is on the northern border of the county. Mid-Hudson and Capital Region: Districts 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, and 48. District 42 is composed of the rural parts of Orange County, Stony Point, and entirety of Sullivan and Delaware Counties. It generally follows the course of NY-17. This district brings together the heart of the Catskills region. District 44 is a similar largely rural district that generally follows the course of I-684 and the Taconic State Parkway along the Eastern Border of New York. The towns further away from the Hudson River share more in common with each other than they do with the denser urban centers along the Hudson. In Rensselear County this district includes the areas with a weak commuting relationship to the City of Albany. Districts 43 and 45 unite the medium-sized urban centers of Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown – Kingston. District 43 is a compact district combining Beacon, Newburgh, Middletown, and surrounding areas. District 45 combines the Poughkeepsie and Kingston, along with a number of smaller cities along the Hudson River, along with the adjacent counties of Schoharie and Greene. District 46 is the entirety of Albany County; the County is within 2% of the ideal district for the state as a whole and therefore must be its own district per the State Constitution. District 48 is the inner ring suburbs of Albany, and most of the secondary cities of the Albany Capital region, in Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselear counties.   North Country and Central New York: Districts 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54. These seven districts represents a number of unique and distinct communities of interest across a wide swathe of upstate New York. District 47 combines the entirety of Broome County and Tompkins County, plus a connecting strip of land in Tioga County. The twin metro areas of Ithaca and Binghamton, which have been growing increasingly connected in recent years, anchor this district. District 49 includes almost all of Saratoga County, and all of Warren, Essex, and Washington Counties. It is a rectangle along the state’s border with Vermont that includes Albany exurbs and parts of the Green Mountains and Adirondack Mountains. District 50 is the North Country of New York State: Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, and most of Jefferson County. It includes the cities of Plattsburgh, Massena, and Watertown. District 51 is centered on the core of the Adirondack Mountains and the Mohawk Valley. It is almost entirely rural and contains no major or minor urban centers. It crosses several county lines to maintain an even straight border that fully contains a unique set of communities. District 52 is the heart of the Mohawk Valley region, including the cities of Utica, Rome, and Oneonta. It contains all of Otsego and Chenango counties, half of Madison County, and almost all of Oneida County. Districts 53 and 54 are centered on the major City of Syracuse, which they split. District 53 is generally the eastern and northern suburbs of Syracuse, plus half of the City, whereas district 54 are the southern and western suburbs, as well as the nearby minor cities of Seneca Falls, Auburn, and Cortland.   Western New York & Southern Tier: Districts 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63. Half of these districts are largely rural with no major population centers within them. The other half split up the two largest cities in New York outside of New York City. District 60 and 61 are Buffalo and its inner suburbs. District 60 includes almost all of the majority black neighborhoods of Buffalo, keeping them united in a single district. Districts 57 and 58 are Rochester and its largest suburbs (with most of the majority black areas of Rochester kept in a single district), as well as the City of Geneseo approximately 30 miles south of the center of the City. District 55 is a sprawling district that stretches from the Finger Lakes, along the south shore of Lake Ontario, to Lake Oneida. It consists of all of Wayne and Ontario Counties, which make up most of its population, as well as parts of Oswego, Cayuga, and Seneca counties. District 56 consists of most of the Southern Tier and some of the least densely populated areas of New York State. District 59 is Niagara County and some outer suburbs of Buffalo in Erie County, while District 62 is the rural area between Buffalo and Rochester. District 63 is a large, mostly rural district in the southwest corner of the state.
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  • Jack
    September 20, 2021
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    Dear Commissioners, Below is a link to a map and data on Dave's Redistricting app. I read an article that the commission was deadlocked, for lack of a better term, and created two separate draft maps. The map below is a little different from both read more of the maps published by the commission. Perhaps it will give you some ideas that can help you work toward a compromise, or not. In any case, it wasn't that difficult to create, I've already done it, I might as well share it. While it is different, there are some similarities to the Rep. map, at least, outside NYC. There is a Pa border district, a Vermont border district, and a Mass/Conn border district. Of course, the Rochester district is similar to both maps. As far as NYC goes, this map may, or may not have similarities to both maps. It's hard for me to tell. It is certainly different, in some ways, from the current map. That said, there doesn't appear to be too much disruption to the current incumbents. Of course, there is some, and given the fact the NY is losing a district that's to be expected, I suppose. As near as I can tell, Rice and Suozzi might be in the same district the way I have it drawn, as is Maloney and Delgado. Higgins and Jacobs are also in the same district the way I have it drawn, but that is easily corrected by making a Buffalo centric district as both of your maps have. If you were to do that, my recommendation would be that Western NY look more like the Dem map. In addition to tweaking the 23rd and 24th, as I have them drawn, a little tweaking to the 19th, 20th, and 21st, might make it a little more palatable to the powers that be. As for me, I have no political affiliation, I'm not even a resident of New York. I just have an interest in redistricting, in general, and I was a professional numbers cruncher, and the app was available to play around with. So, I have no bias one way or the other. The only criteria I used for this was geography and population. That's it. Is it perfect? Of course not, no plan is. But, maybe, it will give you a couple ideas to move forward. Good Luck! https://davesredistricting.org/join/ebf6a85b-f147-4c1c-830a-894066c5918f
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  • Mark
    September 17, 2021
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    Map for the 11 Upstate Congressional Districts that intentionally disfavors several incumbent Republicans, just to show that this can be done without dividing counties. (I still prefer my previously-proposed map.)

Submitted Testimony

  • David
    October 19, 2021
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  • Art
    October 18, 2021
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  • Gavin
    October 1, 2021
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    Albany Meeting - Nov 1, 2021
  • Fior
    September 29, 2021
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    Kings County Meeting - Nov 16, 2021
  • Irsa
    September 15, 2021
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  • Fulvia
    September 15, 2021
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    Kings and Richmond counties Meeting - Jul 29, 2021

Archived Data

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