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March 9, 2011
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Statement from Senator Dilan Re: Governor Cuomo's Redistricting Reform Act

“Governor Cuomo’s redistricting proposal is a breath of fresh air.“New York’s redistricting process is undemocratic. The ability to disenfranchise any one-person or community for the sake of political gain with the stroke of a pen is unconscionable.

February 17, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces City to Hold Off on Monitor Street Improvements

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the controversial road work slated for Monitor Street in Greenpoint has been postponed “indefinitely” by city officials.During a recent town hall meeting hosted by Senator Dilan, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-33) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Monitor Street residents raised concerns with regard to the potential loss or damage to property as part of the reconstruction project.“I am thankful that the city has listened to the concerns of the people of Monitor Street,” said Senator Dilan.

February 11, 2011
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Proposal to Operate 200-Bed Center in Greenpoint for City Homeless Withdrawn

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) applauded the recent announcement that the proposal to build a 200-bed transitional residence for New York City’s homeless in Greenpoint has been withdrawn by its developers after concerns with the proposal were raised by constituents.“It was never the intent of this facility to assist Greenpoint’s homeless population. Instead, it proposed bringing in 200 homeless men from outside the community,” said Senator Dilan.

February 9, 2011
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Senator Dilan Appointed to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment for the Senate Democratic Conference

In a continuation of his work to reform the redistricting process, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) has been appointed as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment for the Senate Democratic Conference.“The State Senate must remain a bellwether of redistricting reforms in New York. The ability to disenfranchise any one-person or community for the sake of political gain with the stroke of a pen is unconscionable,” said Senator Dilan.

January 20, 2011
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Official Transcripts of the Public Meeting on Redistricting.

Attached are the official transcripts to both the December 14 (New York City) and December 16 (Albany), 2010  Public Meetings on redistricting.

January 5, 2011
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Senator Dilan Speaks Redistricting on the Capitol Pressroom, December 16, 2010

Senator Martin Dilan is a Brooklyn Democrat & co-chairman of the Legislative Advisory Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (studio). In other words, until the end of the month, he has some sway over how the legislature determines redistricting.

January 5, 2011
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Redistricting Public Hearing Testimony

Attached are written testimonies submitted by speakers at both the December 14, 2010, New York City meeting and the December 16, 2010, meeting in Albany.

Links have been provided to video testimony of speaker below:

Aaron Mair | Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens

Blair Horner | New York Public Interest Research Group

Barbara Bartoletti | Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters of New

Dr. José E. Cruz | New York Latino Research and Resources Network

January 4, 2011
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Report on Redistricting from the NYC Bar

Report on Redistricting from the NYC Bar.

A Proposed New York State Constitutional Amendment toEmancipate Redistricting from Partisan Gerrymanders:Partisanship Channeled for Fair Line‐Drawing

January 4, 2011
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Article III of the New York State Constitution

ARTICLE IIILegislature[Legislative power]Section 1. The legislative power of this state shall be vested in the senate and assembly.[Number and terms of senators and assemblymen]§2. The senate shall consist of fifty members,* except as hereinafter provided. The senators elected in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five shall hold their offices for three years, and their successors shall be chosen for two years. The assembly shall consist of one hundred and fifty members. The assembly members elected in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, and their successors, shall be chosen for two years. (Amended by vote

January 4, 2011
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Proposed Redistricting Reforms/Legislation

Senators Dilan, Valesky, Robach, Bonacic and Governor Andrew Cuomo have introduced a bi-partisan group of measures to reform the redistricting process. Below is a summary of these bills.

Bill S.3419 - 2011 (Rules Committee) Governor Program Bill

Type: Legislative law creating a independent redistricting commission.

January 3, 2011
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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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