New Rochelle redistricting still under fire

(07/30/03) NEW ROCHELLE - The New Rochelle City Council's redistricting plan continues to receive harsh criticism. Now, the New Rochelle Voter Rights Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit against the council, claiming the new council district lines will jeopardize African-American representation.

The Voter Rights Fund and the NAACP say the new district lines will reduce the voice of the Black community, especially in District 3, which currently has a Black majority. The lawyer for the plaintiffs in this case kicked off a rally meeting at a local church on Wednesday, and many political hopefuls attended in support of the Voter Rights Fund and NAACP.

The lawyer for the city council, Alan Scheinkman, says the city created a plan that was fair, and says the candidates in District 3 who are likely to be successful are African-Americans. Mayor Tim Idoni (D - New Rochelle) says he will not release any statements while the case is in federal court. Meanwhile, it looks like the new lines will stay in place for the coming primary and general election.

 

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