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From Michael Parietti/Preserve Ramapo: Rockland County Legislature Redistricting Committee Unveils Its Proposed Map for the Legislature. Once again it is not fairly drawn.
Public Hearing on the proposed map is set for Wed. Oct. 19th, 7:00 PM at the Rockland County Legislature.
𝘚𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 2020 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘴.
𝘖𝘯 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 14, 2022 𝘸𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦
𝘞𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴.
𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥! 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺 𝘓𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘚𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘋𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝘷𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘷𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵. 𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘦.
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘺, 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯, 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥!
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘱 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘻𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘙𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘱𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘏𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘱𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘺.
𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘦𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘖𝘤𝘵. 19𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵 7:00 𝘗𝘔 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 show 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘱.
𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘱:
Districts # 1 and # 2
District # 1 includes all of Stony Point and once again straddles the Ramapo Mountains to rope in the village of Sloatsburg, and now also Hillburn, which are much closer geographically and culturally to Suffern and Montebello than they are to Stony Point. Stony Point should be properly joined with the hamlet of Theills in northwest Haverstraw which lies right next to it geographically, and shares many of the same concerns with it.
It appears that sitting Legislator Michael Grant does not want to surrender any of his current District # 2 in western Haverstraw to Stony Point, and so District # 1 must then reach south over the mountains for 15 miles or more to achieve its population target.
This transparent gerrymander has the primary purpose of protecting the incumbency of Michael Grant who happens to be the co-chair of the Redistricting Committee. It also acts to chop up western Ramapo so that it will have no voice in the legislature.
District # 4
The committees proposed District # 4 is formed by needlessly and deliberately mashing together the suburban village of New Hempstead with the high-density Hasidic enclave of New Square. These are two starkly different communities of interest with diametrically opposed political interests. New Square has the greater population of the two villages and it’s well known that the residents vote in a Bloc at the direction of their leaders. Thus, the candidate that receives the Bloc vote from New Square will easily defeat any other candidate they face. This is yet another blatant gerrymander, tailor made to protect the incumbency of Itamar Yeager who lives in the village of New Hempstead but received 99% of the New Square vote in his last reelection. It also divides up diverse suburban areas in northern Ramapo to ensure that they will have no voice in the County Legislature.
District # 6
District # 6 is yet another deliberate gerrymander, the primary purpose of which appears to be to protect the incumbency of Alden Wolfe, the Speaker of the Rockland County Legislature and Co Chairman of the Redistricting Committee. The new redistricting guidelines in New York, state that villages like Montebello with a population of less than 7,967 should be united within the same legislative district to the extent practicable. Nonetheless, Montebello is divided into two sections, one placed in District # 6 and the remainder in District # 12.
Why was this was done? Likely because Alden Wolfe, the sitting incumbent in District # 6, lives in Montebello, and the new legislative District # 6 map connects the Montebello election district, in which he lives, to the high-density Hasidic hamlet of Monsey, (which he won overwhelmingly and was his reelection margin of victory). This would be a blatant, transparent, and overt, gerrymander to help ensure an incumbent will have an easy reelection, a clear violation of New York State Law.
District # 7
District # 7 is another absurd Gerrymander in which the diverse suburban village of Wesley hills is connected by a narrow, elongated corridor to the high-density Hasidic enclave of the village of Kaser. These two villages share very little in common and have diametrically opposite political interests. The sparsely populated Wesley Hills is no match for the densely populated village of Kaser in any election contest. Kaser’s favored candidate, the District 7 incumbent, Phil Soskin could win this district easily without any real effort. The boundaries of this district are drawn in such a way to discourage competition which is violation of New York State Law.
Districts # 8 and # 13
These two proposed districts are hideous examples of racist gerrymandering at its worst. In both districts, communities of color, including African American, Haitian and Hispanic population centers are deliberately and unnecessarily connected to high density Hasidic population centers by narrow corridors. This ensures that the candidate who receives the Hasidic Bloc vote will always win out over the candidate preferred by people of color. Thus, communities of color are robbed of real representation in the legislature because their vote is divided and diluted.
However, the most amazing thing about this injustice is how easily it could be rectified if the redistricting committee chose to fix it. All they have to do is disconnect the sections of proposed District 8 and 13 that comprise the communities of color from the high-density Hasidic areas in each district. Then simply unite the two sections of communities of color together within one legislative district. This would be easy to do because these portions of District 8 and 13 are located directly adjacent to each other and could be easily joined together.
The two high-density Hasidic areas currently in the District # 8 and #13, are also located right next to each other and could be easily joined together in the same district as well. The end result would be one district for people of color to decide who will represent them, and a second district within which the Hasidic community can chose a representative. In this way, both communities would have a voice in the legislature rather than only one.
District # 10
To our eyes, District # 10 is a strange looking bird. It appears to be a polyglot district of scattered locales randomly linked together. It is decidedly not compact in any measure. Our proposed map previously demonstrated that the municipalities of Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack and West Nyack could easily be joined together within a single legislative District # 10, to give that community of interest it’s fair share of representation.
District # 12
District # 12 is yet another ill-conceived legislative construct that acts to dilute the voting power of diverse suburban areas in western Ramapo. We stand by our proposed version of District # 12 which unites the entirety of the villages of Montebello, Suffern, Hillburn and Sloatsburg and provides that compelling community of interest a voice within the legislature.
District # 15
District # 15 is a riddle unto itself. Why would you randomly carve a massive chunk out of Pearl River and connect it to Nanuet? What is the hidden agenda here? Our proposed map clearly demonstrates that Pearl River has enough population to be united within the same legislative district and thus provide that obvious community of interest with their own legislative district.
District # 16
District # 16 should be reformed by including all of Pearl River within it’s boundaries and shifting the other areas of Orangetown it now holds over to District 17 where the remainder of Orangetown is now located.
Please put the date of the public hearing on the committee’s proposed map at the County Legislature on your calendar. People will not be allowed to speak in person at the Public Hearing Wednesday October 19th at 7:00 PM, however, you can submit your comments to the Redistricting Committee by email by 7:30 PM on Oct 19, and they will be incorporated into the public hearing.
We encourage you to send your comments to the following email: