YONKERS—The City Council’s three Republicans are proposing “anti-gerrymandering” legislation in response to a Democratic redistricting plan that they call “purely political.”
GOP City Councilmen John Larkin, Dennis Shepherd and Mike Breen today said they’ll introduce a resolution that takes “partisan politics out of the process” at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall. The Republicans also plan to release a competing redistricting plan.
The move comes after Democrats, who enjoy a 4-to-3 majority on the council, released a plan to redraw the city’s political boundaries in a way their critics say is “blatantly designed” to weaken GOP political control in Yonkers.
The Republicans charged today that the Democratic plan does not adhere “to good government principles” and could “dilute minority representation” in council districts with large populations of Hispanic and African-American residents.
Yonkers redraws the boundaries of its six council districts every decade following the release of updated U.S. Census data.
Democrats—who control the mayor’s office and the council for the first time in 40 years—have contended that their plan more accurately represents the city’s evolving demographics. They also say their redistricting map complies with a part of the federal Voting Rights Act that calls for equal representation for minority residents.
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