Preliminary City Council District Map Keeps Staten Island Communities Whole

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The borough’s three City Council districts remain intact and do not overlap in lower Manhattan or southern Brooklyn, according to preliminary maps released Friday.

The 15-member New York City District Committee released draft City Council maps on Friday, and as it stands, the Staten Island City Council delegation is satisfied. One of the main concerns was keeping Staten Island’s neighborhoods all to itself, as well as making sure that neighborhoods aren’t split between neighborhoods.

“It actually changes the dynamic of the whole city,” said Mike Schnall, a West Brighton resident and the only Staten Islander on the New York Districting Committee.

“The difference between Staten Island with and without encompassing a piece of Brooklyn was a difference of 1,000 people per council district outside of Staten Island, so it was a little harder to bring all the other districts in line, but 1,000 people per district over the spread of 8.8 million people was doable,” Schnall said.

The lowest population allowed by law in any city council district is 165,424; the maximum allowed was 174,074. Preliminary maps now, which are adjusted for smaller Council districts, make the ideal average count for a district of 172,882 with a deviation of 5% above or below.

At the federal level, lines must adhere to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and ensure fair and effective representation of racial and linguistic minority groups.


Since the maps are preliminary and a change in one council district will impact the others, council members Joe Borelli (R-South Shore), David Carr (R-Mid-Island) and Kamillah Hanks ( D-North Shore) may not enter. the end.

Now that the maps have been released, the next step in the process is to hold public hearings across the city, one in each borough, between August 16 and 22 to get feedback from residents and city council members on the preliminary drawings.

After the public hearings are complete, the map will be voted on by the district committee and then forwarded to city council, which has three weeks to approve or disapprove the map.

If approved, the final card will go to the town clerk; if the city council disagrees, the process is restarted with another round of public hearings in each borough.


Although Staten Island City Council districts were not changed to encompass other boroughs, changes were made within the borough.

In the Borelli neighborhood, the line was moved to the north end of Willowbrook Park, making the neighborhood continuous, Schnall explained.

The district line was moved under Mount Richmond Cemetery making it a preliminary part of the 50th District and Oakwood was slightly expanded to also be encompassed by the 50th District.

“It was just population rebalancing,” Schnall said. “Now the three Staten Island City Council districts are hovering around the 165,000 population count.”

“We are thrilled that the Commission listened to us and kept our three districts fully confined to Staten Island. There is still a lot of work to do, but this is a promising start in helping us maintain a unified voice and strong representation. of our borough,” said Mr. Borelli.

A new line was drawn to bring the 49th council district around the houses of Todt Hill to Forest Avenue and along Clove Lakes Park so that Westerleigh was entirely contained within the 50th council district.

Another line drawn places the entirety of Fort Wadsworth in the council’s 50th district.

“I am pleased the Commission has heard our calls to keep our Staten Island districts completely within the borough. I also think the unification of several neighborhoods that were previously divided between council districts shows that this project was built in a thoughtful way,” Carr, council member for the 50th district, told Advance/

All of Shore Acres and Rosebank are included in the Hanks City Council district. A spokesperson for Hanks said advisers did not want to comment on the cards yet since the lines are preliminary.

“It achieved some really important goals that we set out from day one, which was to keep communities whole, and I think at Staten Island we achieved that goal,” Schnall said.


The electoral district lines for the City Council, Congress, and Assembly are redrawn every 10 years after each decennial United States census.

New York courts have thrown out the three sets of new electoral district maps that state Democrats passed earlier this year, but redrawn maps for the New York Assembly will have to wait until 2024.

That’s because the lines for Congress and the state Senate were thrown out in an earlier lawsuit, but the courts decided against the Assembly card in a later court proceeding too close to the primaries.

The legislature took over the process when a New York Independent Redistricting Commission (NYIRC), the first of its kind, failed to produce an outcome that lawmakers voted in favor of.


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