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Proposed State and US Senate District Changes Affect Oppenheimer Seat, Face Opposition

Gov. Cuomo says he will veto a GOP-proposed senate district change that could change District 37 borders to include parts of New Rochelle and Yonkers. A federal court-appointed master has also released a draft for US Congressional district boundaries.

The most recent draft proposed by Republicans of New York State Senate legislative districts has not placated Governor Andrew Cuomo- who warns he will veto the map in its current iteration- and divided other political lobbies.

In its current draft, the re-districting plan would extend District 37, currently represented by retiring State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D), to parts of New Rochelle and Yonkers. Those areas are currently represented by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins whose district boundaries would be affected as well.

Since Senator Oppenheimer announced her plans to step down for health reasons, several names have been mentioned as candidates for the seat including , Sam Terenzi of Port Chester, and declared current Assemblyman George Latimer.

Gov. Cuomo initially opposed any politician-driven plan for redistricting of the state senate, but have since softened in favor of a strategy to change the process through an amendment to the state constitution and accompanying laws to reduce the impact of party politics on the districting process.

Also a special master appointed by the federal court has released a proposal for US Senate districts with few changes to current boundaries. Current Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin recently announced his intent to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this November for the seat.

Billy March 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
But you didn't speak up or out less than a year ago back in April 2011 when the New Rochelle Democrats hacked up its boundaries so why should it be any different now? What goes around comes around, meaning Democrats gerrymander districts just as much as Republicans do. What I find strange is now that its the Republican's turn to draw favorable line you don't like it and think the system's flawed and should be changed. Just a little hypocritical on your part George.
George Latimer March 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Billy, No hypocrisy on my part. Let's just be honest here: you're a solid conservative Republican, who at every turn compliments Republicans and criticizes Democrats. I'm a Democrat, so at every turn you criticize me. That's absolutely your choice - it's a democracy, and free speech rules. You're entitled to your opinion. The Independents out there can ready my blog posting about how I've been fair, and even-handed. You sell the "hypocrisy" line, and we'll see who the majority of people agree with.
Billy March 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Categorize me as you want, however you still gave a "no comment" response on what happened with New Rochelle's redistricting but I'm not surprised coming from a career politician like yourself. Let's just hope the lines stay as they are and the Republicans retain control of the NYS Senate, otherwise George's Democratic friends in NYC will have nothing to stop them from passing 1 tax hike after another like they did when they controlled the NYS Senate in 2009 & 2010. Government needs to live within its means and not look for more ways to take in revenue and unfortunately George Latimer hasn't opposed too many tax increases during his career, like New Rochelle's desire to increase its utility tax a year ago. In order for New Rochelle to increase the gross receipts aka the utility tax, the city needs approval from the state. George was nice enough to co-sponsor that legislation. And all I can say is, thank goodness the Republicans in the NYS Senate rejected it outright!
George Latimer March 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Wrong again, Billy. Voted to cut MTA payroll tax for 25,000 Westchester businesses. I'm the sponsor fo the bill to eliminate the tax entirely. Voted to cut Income Tax rates to the lowest levels in 58 years. Sponsor of the bill to cut taxes on home sales. Voted against the bevy of taxes in the 2009 State Budget. Led the County Board of Legislators to three straight County property tax cuts when I was Chairman. My career includes 20+ years in business as sales and marketing executive with a number of major corporations, including subsidaries of Nestle, ITT and on-site assignments at AT&T and Shearson Lehman. My governmental experience includes gaining support from voters in contested elections, which is how I won elections. By the way, the Republicans ruling the Senate that you so praise have voted for every tax increase - in fact, every State budget - from 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. There's a status quo record if there ever was one,
Billy March 15, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Are you talking about Patterson's ridiculous proposal to tax sugary sodas a few years ago? Is that the tax that you didn’t vote for? That's not much to stand on if it is. And as for the partial repeal of the MTA payroll tax, I think the work "partial" says it all. I just read somewhere New Rochelle pays $150,000 a year for the MTA payroll tax. What about the bottle bill tax that had nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with revenue. Let's rephrase the question here, have you ever proposed lowering taxes or spending? What about eliminating mandates? Have you ever proposed to eliminate any of those, like the Triborough Amendment? Any proposals for government reforms that might lower the costs? And so nobody forgets, you sponsored the legislation that ended the tax cap New Rochelle had in place. A true tax and spend liberal. Please run against Bob Cohen & give up your Assembly seat. I'm almost begging & daring you to run because I'm positive you'll lose and that's the only way to retire you from the NYS legislature. Otherwise, you'll hang on for years getting reelected by beating sub-par candidates. And back to the primary discussion here, gerrymandering, you oppose it when it doesn’t favor you and then you turn a blind eye and say its ok when the locals do it. You should really be consistent with your positions. BTW, having 4 private jobs over 20 years doesn't say much about your leadership or management skills.

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