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Prison Based Gerrymandering

Currently, the United States Bureau of the Census includes everyone housed in federal, state, and local correctional facilities in its count of the general population in the Census “block” (population unit) containing the prison facility. The state's current reliance on the Census Bureau's prison count data when drawing legislative districts could violate federal law in two ways: it dilutes minority voting strength in possible violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and it violates the one person, one vote principle of the 14th Amendment’s Equal protection Clause, which requires voting districts to have equal numbers of residents.

January 3, 2011
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2011 Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about the Redistricting process?

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

2. What is redistricting?

3. What is reapportionment?

4. What requirements must the legislature follow?

5. What is the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and reapportionment (LATFOR)?

6. How the bill becomes law.

7. What about an independent redistricting commission?

8. When will it take effect?

9. Why should I care?

10. How can I get involved?

11. How can I get redistricting data?

 

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Goals And Criteria

Various state and local jurisdictions, in an effort to reform redistricting and to make it more accountable, have been considering new goals, methods and criteria that would result in a more transparent redistricting process and one that uses honest and objective criteria. While several states have pursued redistricting reform via the legislative process, others have considered independent commissions. California’s new commission is one major example of a recent reform.Goals and criteria being considered include:

January 3, 2011
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New York State Demographic Trends Report, 2000-2009 | GIS Maps and Data Tables

Attached are reports on demographic trends across New York, including data on Congressional districts, State Senate districts, county population changes as well as prisoner populations from 2000-2009.

January 3, 2011
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Evie Katz testifying at NYS Senate Public Meeting on Redistricting

Evelyn Katz, League of Women Voters, New York City, testifying at the state Senate public meeting on redistricting.

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January 3, 2011
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Mapping New York's Future

Mapping New York's Future

Senator Dilan is committed to a fair, objective and transparent 2011-2012 legislative redistricting process. Procedures are being considered to advance the goals of a legislative redistricting plan incorporating clearly stated goals and criteria.

January 3, 2011
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New York State Senate Majority Conference Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment

Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Co-Chair of the Legislative Advisory Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, December  16, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Van Buren Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY. to hear comments and recommendations on  proposed goals and criteria for  legislative redistricting.

Senator Dilan will be joined at the hearing by Dr. John Flateau, a non-legislative member of the Task Force.Testimony by invitation only. Public comment if time permits.

December 16, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Tours New York Container Terminal in Staten Island

 

Senator Dilan joins members of the International Longshoreman’s Association during a recent tour of the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.

November 18, 2010
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Legislative Update with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

New York State Senator Martin Malave Dilan speaks with Kalyn Belsha, former Fellow with the New York State Senate.

Learn more about the senate's fellowship program and eligibility.

November 17, 2010
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Senator Dilan Praises ExxonMobil Settlement to Continue Cleanup of Newtown Creek

Oil giant to dedicate $19.5 million—of $25 million settlement for penalties, costs and restoration of local environment—to Greenpoint environmental fund

November 17, 2010
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Senator Martin Malavé Dilan Applauds Newtown Creek’s Designation as a Superfund Site

The near 150-year toxic scourge that has claimed Newtown Creek—the bordering waterway between Brooklyn and Queens—ends with today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that designates the canal as a Superfund site.The new designation follows the outcome of a series of EPA tests and samples taken over a three-month period in 2009. That report confirmed the presence of  toxic chemicals, heavy metals and petroleum products in more than 1 million cubic yards of sediment.

September 28, 2010
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Reform means more than Koch's pledge

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch  has undertaken a worthy effort to reform state government, but his approach is fundamentally flawed. In fighting for independent redistricting, responsible budget and ethics reforms, Koch is propping up those who have stood in the way of serious reform for decades, while forcing those with actual reform records to defend themselves against those who have done little more than sign a piece of paper.Talking about an issue is nice, but for the voters of this state, action speaks louder than signing an ex-politician's pledge.

August 17, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Measure “Elle’s Law” Signed Into Law

Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure PedestriansLegislation closing a long-time legal gap that allowed for reckless drivers who injure pedestrians to escape prosecution was signed into law last week.Elle’s Law, sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Chair of Senate Transportation Committee, amends New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law to enact tougher penalties on motorists who blatantly disregard the vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,”  and injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

August 17, 2010
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Public Hearing: Willets Point Development Transportation Issues

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Martin Malavé DilanPublic Hearing: Willets Point Development Transportation IssuesPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1920, 19th Floor, New York,New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.Contact: Matthew Trapasso (518) 455-2177Media Contact: Graham Parker (518) 455-2177ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Helps to Secure Funding For New York’s Roads and Bridges, Student MetroCards

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Senate colleagues last night passed a budget agreement that funds a 2-year New York State Department of Transportation Capital Plan as well as provides more than $25 million to fund reduced-fare MetroCards for New York City students.

June 22, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Elle's Law Passes Senate

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed Elle’s Law, an amendment to New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law that enacts tougher penalties on motorists who seriously injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

Elle’s Law closes a gap in current law that allows reckless drivers who blatantly disregard the State vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,” unless drugs or alcohol are found to be involved, from evading more serious charges when a pedestrian is injured.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Elle's Law Passes Senate

Measure Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure Pedestrians

“Elle’s Law” Responds to 3-year-old pedestrian struck, injured at Manhattan intersection

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) recently passed Elle’s Law, an amendment to New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law that enacts tougher penalties on motorists who seriously injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

June 16, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Room 124 CAP

June 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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