Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

State Redistricting

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association firmly believes that whenever possible, the entirety of the neighborhood should be represented by a single representative at each level of government.  Woodhaven is a cohesive community, which means that common issues affect the whole neighborhood, not just a fraction of it.  Having a single representative at each level of government would help ensure that our collective voice is heard, not diluted.  Multiple representatives make it difficult for residents to know who's representing them and whom to ask for help.

In January 2012, a legislative task force proposed new lines for New York's Assembly and Senate districts.  The proposal placed all of Woodhaven within a single Assembly district, but split the neighborhood among three separate Senate districts.  The WRBA supported the Assembly proposal and strongly objected to the Senate proposal.

See the WRBA's press release on the proposed district lines.

The WRBA also submitted written testimony to the task force, making its case for unified Senate representation.  View the testimony here.

Our views on the redistricting proposal have received some attention:

  • New York Daily News, "Queens lawmakers and civic leaders rail against proposed legislative districts," by Joseph Parziale and Lisa L. Colangelo, 2/7/2012
  • Queens Politics, "Block Association Says NO to New Lines," 1/31/2012
  • The Forum, "WRBA Urges Residents to Reject Redistricting Plan," by Jean-Paul Salamanca, 2/23/2012
  • Leader-Observer, "South Queens up in arms over proposed district lines," by Lisa Fraser, 2/15/2012
  • Times Newsweekly, "'Unacceptable' Redistricting: Few Favor New Political Map for State," by Robert Pozarycki, 2/2/2012
  • Queens Chronicle, "Proposed district lines enrage Queens leaders," by Anna Gustafson, 2/2/2012
  • Times Ledger, "Qns. residents slam Albany's plan," by Howard Koplowitz, 2/2/2012
  • Queens Tribune, "New District Maps Raise Concerns On All Sides," by Domenick Rafter, 2/2/2012
  • Queens Courier, "Senate Redistricting plan is divisive," by Michael Pantelidis, 1/31/2012
  • Queens Courier, "Woodhaven opposed to redistricting, traffic changes," by Erica Camhi, 2/21/2012