Democratic Council President Chuck Lesnick has released a “Plan D” that he says “may or may not” be introduced at tonight’s 5 p.m. meeting, when the council is set to finalize a once-a-decade process of redrawing the city’s six council districts.
Already on the table are two other proposals — a compromise put forth by Mayor Mike Spano that has the support of both the Democratic council majority leader and the three Republican members; and an alternative backed by Lesnick and two Democratic councilmen.
Spano says his proposal incorporates elements from the competing Democratic plan and an earlier Republican proposal.
Lesnick said Sunday the new Plan D was negotiated April 8 by the mayor’s chief-of-staff and the council majority’s counsel. He argues that this latest proposal would be less vulnerable to a legal challenge because it would not break US Census tracts.
Republican Council Majority Leader John Larkin has been dismissive of Lesnick’s effort to introduce a new plan at the 11th hour, saying the council president sees “the writing on the wall” about his alternative plan’s dim prospects.
The board’s partisan battle over redistricting erupted earlier this year when Democrats released a plan that Republicans charged was heavily gerrymandered to consolidate Democratic power in Yonkers. The GOP councilmen put out their own competing map later that month before Spano intervened in hopes of brokering a compromise.