The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research released its redistricting proposals on January 26, 2012. The maps can be found here: http://latfor.state.ny.us/maps/?sec=prop2012a.

Korean American Voters’ Council analyzed Korean-populated areas in Flushing, comparing the previous district maps from 2002 to the new maps for 2012 and on.

Senatorial Districts 11 and 16

District 16 (Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky) is primarily populated by Asians (52%). For the first time, an Asian-dominated district is created in the Senate. But when the map is reviewed, there is nothing but disappointment. The reason is that although the number of Asian population is high, there is little difference in the district area. District 11 (Sen. Tony Avella) share the same flaw. Although the Asian population increased from 26% to 34%, there is little difference in the area. This shows that while keeping the district lines intact, only the Asian population was increased.

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                                                          [Previous SD11 and SD16 Maps (2002)]

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ps16_Page_1.jpg                                                 [LATFOR proposed maps of SD11 and SD16 (2012)]

KAVC and other Asian organizations proposed that Flushing, Bayside, and Fresh Meadows be combined into District 11 so Asians can be consolidated to 51%. However, the LATFOR proposal ignored our request, placed Fresh Meadows in District 16 and placed Flushing/Bayside into District 11, curbing the political power of Korean Americans.

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      (Map of SD11/SD16 Proposed by KAVC and Asian American Groups)

For the State Assembly, District 22 (Assemblywoman Grace Meng) was renumbered to District 40, but still maintained the Asian population of 62%. Also, Rory Lancman’s District 25’s Asian population increased to 53%. Also the Asian population for Edward Braunstein’s District 26 increased from 19% to 29%. 

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                                                  [Previous AD22 and AD25 Maps (2002)]

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                                            [LATFOR proposed maps of AD40 and AD25 (2012)]

KAVC requested that Flushing, Bayside, and Fresh Meadows be placed in District 26, but the above-mentioned three areas were split to Districts 22, 25, 26 respectively.

Looking at the numbers, it appears that Asian-majority districts have been created, but there lies a risk where Asian political power is curtailed by the division of Asian populated areas.

This is not a final proposal. The Task Force will hold public hearings until mid-February and will decide upon the final maps. The final proposal must be accepted by Governor Cuomo.

KAVC will request revision of the proposed maps to prevent Korean American communities from being separated by district lines.

   

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