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    So it'll keep things intact.  And they chose a path where they eliminated one seat held by a Republican and one by a Democrat.  If they had anything in mind besides touching as little as possible to get as few people as angry as possible they might have done something about the monstrosity that is Jerry Nadler's district.

    The district stayed about the same with Bay Ridge because that is how it has been since it was tacked on to help keep Molinari in office.  Not because it has to be that way.

    As for what would be a better fit.  It depends on your criteria.  Eastern Queens having the least public transportation and most single family homes would in many ways be the most analagous and would also be too far away geographically to make any sense whatsoever.

    The current layout includes some similarities ethnically to mid-island with it's mix of Russians and Italians.  If you were to take the district north instead and included Sunset Park and Red Hook you'd have portions far more similar to the North Shore of Staten Island.  If you included Southern Manhattan you'd have a district which included where many people in Staten Island work.

    Eastern Brooklyn could be justified just as well as Western Brooklyn.  And historically the district has had Eastern Brooklyn instead of Western Brooklyn.  I can't find a copy of a map of the districts back in the 1960s.  But I'd be curious to see how much overlap there is between the district John Murphy represented when he won in 1962 and the southern part of the district Hakeem Jeffries represents now.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:30:20 PM PDT

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