Redistricting Commission Fails Its Core Mission, Threatens Creation Of Fair District Maps

September 15, 2021

This afternoon, the bipartisan New York State Independent Redistricting Commission released two sets of draft maps after failing to reach a bipartisan agreement.

The maps detail the districts for New York’s congressional and state representative seats. With the Democrats holding a very narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, these maps will have a national impact. These drafts are not final, and the commission will be conducting 14 hearings across the state to solicit feedback from New Yorkers about the plans.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Immigrant community members and other stakeholders took time off work to attend commission hearings across the state to share their concerns about the impact of unfair districts on their families and communities. Today, the commission delivered a slap in the face to these concerned community members by failing to present New Yorkers with one draft map inclusive of public input. The release of two maps creates confusion and negates the entire purpose of having an independent commission.

This commission was created to put politics aside and build the fairest maps possible. That this commission could not even come to a consensus on the first draft of its maps leaves us with deep concerns about its ability to draw fair maps and ensure fair representation.”

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams.

Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.

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