Every ten years one's voting districts shift to reflect the new census. On a national, state and local level, partisans and defenders of minority representation battle for new demographics for old districts. In the NYC Council, the fight rarely gets much attention. Perhaps this is because the City is so heavily Democratic, and the districts themselves SORT OF make sense. But this year, a new map will essentially break the long-defined neighborhood of PLG into two separate but unequal chunks.
To see how the districts change, go to this swell map here. Type in your address, and you'll see on the left the old district and on the right the proposed map. It's a slight change, to be sure, but suddenly north Lincoln and all of Lefferts and Sterling head into Tish James' 35th district, while the rest of the nabe stays with Mathieu Eugene and the fighting 40th. Most people probably won't care, and frankly Tish's popularity with lefties will undoubtedly mean that some welcome the change. But it seems a bit unfair to split a neighborhood without asking permission first. Hearings have already happened, though it's up to the council to vote aye or nay. What do you think? Is it worth a call to your councilman? 718-287-8762 gets you to Eugene's district office on Linden.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.