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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:40 pm Post subject: NYC Districting Commission plan forwarded to Dept of Justice
From Mar 26, 2013 to Mar 30, 2013 (included)
|Dear fellow New Yorker:
As you know, on February 6, the NYC Districting Commission adopted a revised plan for the boundaries of the fifty-one City Council districts in the City of New York. On February 8, the revised plan was delivered to the City Council for its consideration. Pursuant to New York City Charter Section 51(d), the revised plan was deemed "final" on March 1, 2013. Subsequently, on March 4, the Districting Commission filed the final plan with the City Clerk.
Last week, the final districting plan was forwarded to the United States Department of Justice for preclearance pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, which covers the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. As stated in the attached notice, a complete duplicate copy of the submission is available for public inspection at the office of the Districting Commission, 253 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York. A complete copy of the submission is also available on the Districting Commission's website at http://www.nyc.gov/districting. There, the submission can also be automatically translated into over 50 languages.
The Districting Commission encourages you to review the submission, and invites you to provide comments for the Attorney General's consideration as the Department of Justice considers the Commission's request for preclearance. Comments could be provided online at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent in writing to:
Mr. Chris Herren
Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 – NWB
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
If the Department of Justice decides to grant preclearance, the final districting plan will go into effect for the upcoming Council elections later this year.
On behalf of the Commission, I thank you once again for your participation in the New York City Council districting process.