Looks like an 'Etch A Sketch': Yonkers residents express concerns about redistricting map

For the second time this week, every person who spoke on Wednesday shared concerns about the way the maps are currently drawn.

News 12 Staff

Jan 26, 2023, 12:29 PM

Updated 489 days ago

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Dozens of Yonkers residents turned out Wednesday night to let city leaders know how they feel about a proposed redistricting map.
The Yonkers City Council held its second public input session on the map one day after it agreed not to vote on the legislation next week.
For the second time this week, every person who spoke on Wednesday shared concerns about the way the maps are currently drawn.
This included reduced competitiveness between candidates, breaking up neighborhoods and having political motives for how the lines are drawn.
During two public hearings held this week, people said they were concerned that the plan splits up neighborhoods with shared interests and puts control of the waterfront development in just one district. "West side districts are being detached and being attached to the east side," said one speaker. "To group in that neighborhood into the east side is a huge disservice to about 3,000 residents," said another.
The council once again defended the lines as being fair and reminded people that no matter how the map is drawn, some people will find themselves in new districts.
People at the meeting pushed the council to go back to the drawing board. "This looks like a child playing with an Etch A Sketch did this," said one speaker.
The City Council is holding a public hearing on Jan. 31.
The full council is expected to take up the measure for a vote on Feb. 14 as long as any changes pass through the rules committee by then.
The redistricting plan is supposed to be submitted by Feb. 15, and some are criticizing city leaders for not giving residents enough time to go through it all and respond.
The redistricting consultant hired by the city says the changes meet the state's requirements and would most likely defend a challenge in court.


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