At each of six public hearings to date on the redistricting, residents of East Harlem and the South Bronx have uniformly echoed the same messages of restoring East Harlem, reconfiguring the South Bronx and reintegrating Randall’s Island. Yet, plan revisions for District 8 have ignored overwhelming public testimony on these issues.

"The Speaker is playing politics with District 8, plain and simple," said Harry Bubbins. "We saw first hand with the Vito Lopez scandal that this Commission is far from independent and that the Speaker has a great deal of influence over the process. We're here to ask the Speaker to intervene and send a message to the Commission that the issues surrounding District 8 must be resolved before the final maps are voted on."

"The Commission's plan creates another Bronx-majority seat, but what benefit do Bronx communities derive from being split up in this way?" said Mychal Johnson, Mott Haven resident and Community Board 1 member. "The Common Sense District 8 Plan puts communities first. We urge the Speaker to support our plan."

"The current redistricting plan splits up Lexington and Carver Houses and removes Randall's Island from District 8," said Johnny Rivera. "We must keep our NYCHA developments whole and preserve the vital parkland on Randall's Island for our community."

"This fall, the Speaker will be looking to our communities for votes in the mayoral election," said Peggy Morales. "And we will be looking at her record in dealing with issues of importance to our community. The Speaker moved quickly to direct the Commission to remove Vito Lopez from District 37. We're asking for the same level of consideration. The future of our communities is at stake."