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  • Marilyn
    January 30, 2023
    Dear Committee Members: Having signed up to comment at the 4:00 meeting today in White Plains, and still not having been admitted to the meeting at 6:25, I am sharing these thoughts in writing instead. Many people will tell you what's wrong with your map; I'm commenting on what's right about it. My town, Pelham, is included with similar small communities, like Scarsdale, Bronxville, and Tuckahoe. We have similar concerns and, under the map as drawn, a reasonable chance of having our representatives prioritize them. That would be less likely if we were attached to one of the far larger cities in southern Westchester. Please, as you address the concerns of those who are dissatisfied with the draft map, keep the small communities currently in AD88 together! Please don't let the lack of comment from our residents, which reflects happiness with the maps, leave the impression that we don't care if you carve us up! Thank you.
  • Chris
    January 30, 2023
    Please do not slice apart Clarkstown into multiple assembly districts. We have a close community here that has always been contained into a single assembly district. Putting the northern part of Clarkstown together with significant parts of Orange County puts an extreme burden on some residents to meet with their representatives, which especially disadvantages lower income individuals. This is very important to voters here.
  • William
    January 30, 2023
    Why is New City to be divided in 3 parts? It's not a big, diverse place, it's one community and always has been. Whose idea is it to be joined to Orange County? This is insane, and ignores the interests of New City taxpayers. Our water and air are in a direct line of attack if this new map goes through. With all the uncontrolled, unregulated development already going on, too many trees are being cut down and too much water is being polluted, and without actual representation it will only get worse for New City. The EPA and state environmental regulations are not enforced or being ignored. And for whom, for what? whose interest does this serve? Not New City taxpayers.
  • Lee
    January 30, 2023
    Chairman Jenkins and Members of the New York Independent Redistricting Commission -- Re: Mid-Hudson Assembly District with Beacon, Newburgh & Poughkeepsie Good afternoon. I am Lee Kyriacou, Mayor of the City of Beacon, a small city of 14,000 on the Hudson River sixty miles north of New York City. The City of Beacon is directly across the Hudson from the larger City of Newburgh, and a short distance south on the Hudson from the larger City of Poughkeepsie, our Dutchess County seat. These three cities have been linked for generations — by physical proximity and geography, by transportation links, and by commonality of demographics, economics, and community. Interstate 84 crosses the Hudson between Newburgh and Beacon. Beacon and Poughkeepsie are the of the two largest MetroNorth train stations north of the Hudson Line’s Croton hub; the Beacon train station connects to the Newburgh waterfront by commuter ferry. The Port Authority’s Stewart Airport in Newburgh serves the region. The three cities have long histories as mid-Hudson economic centers, factory communities — and when factories closed, as poorer urban centers with aging infrastructure and economic development needs. All three cities have high percentages of various affordable housing programs. Beacon is now enjoying an economic renaissance, with benefits spilling over to Newburgh as well as Poughkeepsie. These and multiple other connections between these three cities readily demonstrate a deep and longstanding community of interest, which has been represented collectively in the NYS Assembly. As Mayor of the City of Beacon, I would appreciate the Assembly keeping the three cities of Beacon, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie within a single Assembly District, consistent with longstanding Assembly representation. Thank you. Respectfully submitted, Lee Kyriacou, Mayor, City of Beacon
  • Mark
    January 30, 2023
    I live at 3305 Wells Street in Yorktown Heights. This area is currently mapped in AD94. Whereas, just a few blocks to my West Yorktown is mapped into AD95. I'm very pleased that Yorktown was divided into AD94 and AD95 last year because they better reflect the communities they serve. AD95 is much similar to the Towns of Cortlandt and Ossining in terms of property values, school systems, environment, etc. But holding all that aside for a moment why would the Committee even consider changing the district maps so shortly after everyone adjusted to the new maps and voted for the representatives they preferred. If Yorktown becomes 100% AD94 again it will go back to being considered more like Putnam County than Westchester County. The 2 counties are quite different as you know and if any changes are to be made it would be best to make all of Yorktown part of AD95. So I'm recommending, for the sake of stability that no change be made. However, if a change must be made, for reasons unknown to me, than make all of Yorktown part of AD95. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to present my views.
  • Richard
    January 30, 2023
    Independent Redistricting Commission: I write to you regarding the Independent Redistricting Commission’s (IRC) proposed maps for the New York State Assembly. The recently proposed map will remove the City of Middletown from the 100th Assembly District for the first time in over 40 years. This will upend decades of partnerships and collaborations that have been instrumental in reviving the Sullivan County economy and which have contributed to the economic and cultural revitalization of the City of Middletown. As you may be aware, the Mid-Hudson Valley has become an economic engine and tourism hub for New York State and our region- contributing to the redevelopment of Sullivan County in ways beyond measure. As you contemplate these proposed maps, we are concerned about the cultural, social, and economic impact such a change would have on our communities. Currently, Sullivan County is grouped together with similarly situated communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. It benefits from that designation as it continues to be part of the regional tourism industry that supports local businesses and creates tax windfalls for our municipalities and schools. As presented, the maps would group Sullivan County with Delaware County, considered part of the Southern Tier. I have great concerns that such a grouping will inhibit Sullivan County from its continued growth and expansion- as Southern Tier communities have different priorities, needs, and focuses, than those in the Mid-Hudson Region. Sullivan County runs the very real risk of once again being the forgotten county. Sharing elected leadership in Albany has enabled communities in Sullivan County to foster relationships in Middletown and the greater Orange making possible the economic, social and cultural revitalization. I urge you to reconsider this proposed map and to keep the 100th Assembly District intact. Sincerely, Joseph Masi Alderman, 1st Ward City of Middletown
  • Richard
    January 30, 2023
    Independent Redistricting Commission: I write to you regarding the Independent Redistricting Commission’s (IRC) proposed maps for the New York State Assembly. The current configuration of the 100th Assembly District has been in place for over 4 decades. During this time the communities within the district, particularly Middletown and our neighbors in Sullivan County have seen the tremendous benefit of sharing elected leaders in Albany. Together our communities have grown and thrived- becoming a beacon in the Hudson Valley for what economic revitalization can mean to once-struggling communities. Sullivan County’s population influx in recent years has been a boom to our local economy. Many folks leaving the hustle and bustle of New York City and its boroughs have chosen the wide open space of Sullivan County to call home while still having easy access to the thriving medical, shopping, and entertainment available here in Orange County, particularly in Middletown. The set of circumstances has created the synergy necessary to support BOTH of our economies and development. You can imagine my shock and disappointment at the IRC’s proposed plan to remove separate Middletown and Sullivan County in the new iteration of the 100th Assembly District. Our success has in no small part been because of our shared leadership in Albany. It has allowed our communities to work together to establish plans for growth and revitalization. All while working with our leaders for funding and support in pursuit of our mutual goals and interests. Making these types of changes to the 100th Assembly District now will have a detrimental impact on our communities and our future success. I urge you to reconsider the proposed plans and develop an alternative that will maintain the 100th Assembly District and allow for our continued cooperation and growth. Sincerely, Dr. Paul K. Johnson Alderman, 3rd Ward City of Middletown
  • Alana
    January 30, 2023
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    January 30, 2023
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    January 30, 2023
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  • Christina
    January 30, 2023
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    Attached please find a resolution in opposition to the plan adopted by the New Castle Town Board on January 24, 2023.
  • Richard
    January 30, 2023
    Independent Redistricting Commission: I write to you regarding the Independent Redistricting Commission’s (IRC) proposed maps for the New York State Assembly. I am concerned about the profound impact dismantling the current 100th Assembly District will have on our communities. Middletown has always played an important role in the success of Sullivan Counties’ resurgence. The communities in the 100th Assembly District have a shared sense of purpose that has been critical to our success. We have been unified in our efforts thanks to our shared leadership in Albany. As Sullivan County has seen a population boom in recent years, the residents, mainly coming from New York City, have found a perfect balance of quiet country living in Sullivan while only a stone’s throw away from the amenities they have grown to rely upon in Middletown- shopping, doctors and entertainment. Conversely, Middletown has grown reliant on residents of Sullivan County for its economic vitality. While Middletown has few options for new development, we have a strong business community that relies heavily on traffic from the surrounding areas- especially Sullivan County to support our thriving business and medical districts I urge you to reconsider the proposed redistricting maps and to keep the 100th Assembly District together to ensure our continued regional success. Sincerely, Jude A. Jean-Francois Alderman, 4th Ward City of Middletown
  • Richard
    January 30, 2023
    Independent Redistricting Commission: I write to you regarding the Independent Redistricting Commission’s (IRC) proposed maps for the New York State Assembly. I was disappointed to see that the IRC proposed separating the City of Middletown and the Town of Wallkill from Sullivan County in the current 100th Assembly District. This would be the first time in over 4 decades that these communities would not share representation in Albany. For the past 4 decades, our residents have grown accustomed to their leaders working in concert with Albany to ensure the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region. The bond between Sullivan County and Middletown has become tantamount to the successful revitalization of our communities. While the immediate Middletown area may be located in Orange County, many people in Sullivan County go to Middletown to see their doctor, do their shopping, or visit loved ones. We are linked. Residents of Sullivan County rely on Middletown and the Town of Wallkill to provide essential services that are not readily available in Sullivan County. From the Crystal Run Medical Corridor to extensive shopping and entertainment our communities are inextricably linked. To separate their interests between Assembly Districts will have our once-connected communities competing for the limited resources available from Albany- to the detriment of our continued growth and development. A shared sense of purpose and cooperation is what has fostered one of the greatest economic resurgences in New York State. I urge you to reconsider the proposed maps to leave the 100th Assembly District intact. Sincerely, Kevin Witt Alderman, 1st Ward City of Middletown
  • Gerald
    January 30, 2023
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  • Warren
    January 29, 2023
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    Dear Commissioners, I have attached a Town of North Salem Town Board resolution discussing our request to stay in the 93rd Assembly District. North Salem has a small population of 5,300. We are blessed with a rural community, much of that is due to the Titicus and Muscoot Reservoirs and the NYC DEP land around them which protect these bodies of water, and also the 1000+ acre County Mt. Lakes Park. We understand that we are a rounding error in setting up districts and we wanted to ask that we be allowed to stay in Assembly District 93. The Town has a lot in common with the rest of the communities in Northeastern Westchester. We work on a number of things together with strong Intermunicipal Agreements and the Town Board resolution discusses some of them. Westchester and also Monroe County Towns are unique in the State and have different financial calendars and the way we run our municipalities compared to everyone else in the State of New York is different. We have found that having a common representative with the rest of the northeastern Westchester County community has always be important to our Town and has helped strengthen our common voice. I thank you for considering our request to stay in District 93. Supervisor Warren Lucas.