THE EXAMINER: STATE REDISTRICTING AFFECTS PUTNAM AND WESTCHESTER REPRESENTATIVES

 

     

    by Faith Ann Butcher

    Proposed Senate District 40
    Proposed Senate District 40

    No matter who wins the state elections this November, Putnam Valley residents will have a new set of representatives, according to the proposed redistricting maps that have been released.

    The Town of Putnam Valley, like other communities throughout the Hudson Valley region, may join new assembly and senate districts, as a result of the reconfigured borders that were unveiled by the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment.

    Under the suggested redistricting Putnam Valley, which is currently part of the district represented by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef(D, I-Ossining) in the 90th District and stateSenator Greg Ball (R,C- Patterson) in the 44th District, would now be part of the districts represented by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) and state Senator Stephen Saland (R,C-Poughkeepsie)…

    Putnam County, which is currently within the district represented by Ball, will be split in two. The towns of Philipstown, Kent and Putnam Valley will now be in the district represented by Saland, which includes most of the towns in Dutchess.

    Patterson, Carmel and Southeast will remain in Ball’s district which will now extend further into Westchester and include the towns of New Castle and Mount Pleasant. The towns of Bedford and North Castle

    “For me nothing will change. My focus before and after re-districting will continue to be on job creation, lowering taxes and working with Govern Cuomo to get New York State back on track,” Ball said in a statement. “I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the seniors, veterans, small business owners, taxpayers and hardworking families in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. As a senator I welcome the new and exciting opportunity to now fight and deliver for both New Castle and Mount Pleasant.”…

    Cuomo, who has been a supporter of having an independent commission do the redistricting, rather than the legislative task force, said previously that he would veto any redistricting that was not done independently.

    However at a news conference on Thursday, Cuomo did not say he planned on vetoing the measure. Instead he said he would “wait and see.”

    Public hearing will be conducted from Jan. 30 through Feb. 16. The most local meeting will be held in the Bronx at the Lower Gallery of the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (READ MORE)

     

    Publication date: 
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 00:00