Assembly candidate Colin Schmitt, who is seeking to represent Stony Point, said, “After months of backroom dealings, Albany politicians released in a partisan, undemocratically developed and gerrymandered redistricting plan. While this is just the first proposal, we now know the general look of the final map for the next 10 years.”
Under proposed plan North Rockland will be split from Senate District 38 and placed into District 39 with Orange County
Officials and consultants involved with the new Senate and Assembly districts have dealt Rockland County and particularly North Rockland a potential blow, as the county’s contiguous representation in one state senate district is proposed to end. Should the proposed lines stand, parts of North Rockland will now stand disconnected from the rest of Rockland County in Congressional, state Senate and state Assembly representation.
Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt’s district also changed significantly, moving further into Ramapo, where she will have to contend with the Orthodox and Hasidic “bloc vote.” Whether she will be able to maintain her seat remains to be seen.
Local voices far and wide condemned the plan, although those most affected by it, Senator Carlucci and Assemblywoman Rabbitt, maintained a more detached view, as they will have to represent these new constituents should the plan pass. Rabbitt said she was not paying the matter any mind and instead will continue to focus to do her best for her constituents regardless of the boundaries of her district.
Carlucci, while acknowledging it’s disappointing to see Rockland County chopped up, promised to do the best he can for his new constituents should the new lines stand. All of Haverstraw, Stony Point and the small portion of Orange County he currently represents will be shifted out of his district and into Senator Bill Larkin’s District 39, and Carlucci will have to represent parts of Westchester County under the plan.
“It’s clear to anyone, not just followers of politics, that these districts weren’t drawn with the best interests of the people in mind,” Rockland County Democratic Chair Kristen Stavisky said.