12:23 pm Mar. 13, 20122
The congressional lines proposed by Judge Roanne Mann this morning have very few changes from what she proposed a week earlier.
The district currently represented by Rep. Charlie Rangel would keep all of northern Manhattan together and absorb a portion of the South Bronx and northwest Bronx, increasing the number of Latino and white voters there [clarified].
Critics like Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said Rangel's district should be represented by an African-American and Latino's should get another district of their own next door.
More relevant to what's going on today, Rep. (and newly declared Senate candidate) Bob Turner's district is still eliminated, while Queens will get another congressional district wholly within its borders. Right now, the only district entirely in Queens is the one represented by Rep. Greg Meeks.
The district currently represented by Rep. Joe Crowley would keep the northern Queens neighborhoods he represents and eat into the eastern Bronx, minus Co-op City, where he has an office.
The Bronx would keep at least one congressional seat wholly within the borough, as is the case with Rep. Jose Serrano's current district.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who currently has a three-borough district, would still have one under the new plan, stretching from Sunset Park, along the waterfront in Brooklyn and Queens, and taking a chunk of Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
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