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Federal Court Ruled Incumbency Is Not a Judicial Concern

One immediate takeaway from the federal Court’s congressional redistricting plan and ruling is that incumbency protection (i.e., seniority and residence) should not be a factor when crafting a judicial plan. The ruling will have no influence on the bipartisan redistricting … Continue reading

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Redistricting Still Not Completed

Yesterday, in proceedings held before Circuit Judge Reena Raggi, Circuit Judge Gerald E. Lynch, and District Judge Dora L. Irizarry, lawyers for Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state legislature and the plaintiffs addressed the status of the newly enacted Legislative Redistricting … Continue reading

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Espaillat: “It’s tough to run against a legend.”

And that legend happens to Congressman Charles Rangel of Harlem. Now that the new NY-14 is 55% Hispanic, 36% NH black and 9% NH white/Asian, Sen. Adriano Espaillat contends that the time has come for Latinos to “kick down the door!” … Continue reading

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Capitol Confidential » Federal judges hear final pleas, move toward Mann plan

Jimmy Vielkind (Capital Confidential) reported on Thursday afternoon that a federal three- judge panel is poised to adopt a set of court-drawn congressional maps with minimal changes. Several leaders in the Dominican community — including Sen. Adriano Espaillat —— argued that … Continue reading

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The House of Injustice

This past weekend, a voting rights rally was held at Rev. Al Sharpton’s House of Justice to denounce federal magistrate Judge Roanne Mann’s congressional redistricting plan. Based on news reports and video excerpts I’ve seen, it seemed more like a … Continue reading

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NYS Assembly passes Redistricting Plan, 93-43

Lawmakers in the Democratic-led chamber have passed a bill that would set the redistricted Senate and Assembly lines (93-43.), plus a constitutional amendment for an independent redistricting process (117 to 12). The chamber also passed a constitutional measure that would … Continue reading

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What You Should Know from Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. about Redistricting

I love Sen.Rev. Ruben Diaz‘s WYSK columns because they are honest, humorous and biting critiques of the political world. Whether you agree or disagree with him, Diaz stands up for his beliefs and values. On this one, I disagree with … Continue reading

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Dominican Group Mounts Legal Challenge to New Redistricting Plan – DNAinfo.com

But the plan doesn’t do enough to link people of “like interests” said Maria Teresa Feliciano, president of the Dominican American National Roundtable. “The maps proposed by the court would totally ignore the fundamentals of redistricting which is keeping communities of interest … Continue reading

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Benjamin Talks Redistricting on Capital Tonight

My OpEd in today’s NY Post garnered some attention in Albany. It lead to my appearance on YNN/Capital Tonight with host Liz Benjamin. The proposed congressional districts drawn up by Federal Judge Roanne Mann have former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin making … Continue reading

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An ex-lawmaker critiques a judge-drawn redistricting map and his former colleagues | Capital New York

Azi Paybarah, a senior writer at Capital New York, opened his Morning Briefing column with my NY Post Op-Ed critiquing a federal magistrate judge’s congressional redistricting plan. Michael Benjamin has a detailed critique of the congressional lines drawn by a federal judge, … Continue reading

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