The lines they are a changin’.
Both state Republicans and Democrats propose cutting Kingsbridge and Kingsbridge Heights out of the district currently held by Rep. Eliot Engel and adding them to Rep. Charlie Rangel’s district.
But that’s where the similarities end.
Republicans’ plan cuts Riverdale in half at West 239th Street. Democrats have Mr. Engel keeping all of Riverdale but losing Kingsbridge and Kingsbridge Heights.
The Republican plan would divvy the district up by keeping Riverdale above the Riverdale Monument (at West 239th Street at Riverdale Avenue and Henry Hudson Parkway) within Mr. Engel’s District 17 and handing over all areas south of the Monument, including all of Spuyten Duyvil, to Mr. Rangel.
Republicans also propose that Mr. Rangel’s district include all of Bedford Park and Norwood. Those areas mostly fall within Mr. Engel’s district now.
Mr. Rangel currently represents Marble Hill, but no areas in the Bronx.
The total population of New York State increased by 2.19 percent in the 2010 census, but the increase fell well below the national population increase of 9.7 percent. This means New York loses two Congressional seats this year. And the state’s remaining 27 districts need to be redrawn to increase the populations they represent.
Assembly Democrats’ proposal increases Mr. Rangel’s Hispanic voting population from 46 percent to a majority 51 percent.
Neither Republicans nor Democrats proposed creating a new Latino district, which has the support of Marble Hill Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, Councilman Fernando Cabrera and quietly and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat — who would be a likely candidate if the district were created.
Proposals for Congressional district lines filed in a Brooklyn federal court late Wednesday night by majority parties in each legislative house — Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats — must be decided on by a Brooklyn court ahead of the Congressional primary in New York, which has been moved up to June 26.
To look at the proposed maps, click here.