Advisory - For Immediate Release

South Bronx and East Harlem Communities Call on Redistricting Commission to Fully Restore East Harlem, Reconfigure the Bronx and Re-Integrate Randall’s Island in District 8

Leaders Implore Speaker Quinn to Support “Common Sense District 8 Plan” which Keeps Intact Historic Communities of Interest and Ensures Fair and Effective Representation

What: Press Conference

Who: South Bronx and East Harlem Community Leaders

When: Thursday, January 31, 11:00 a.m.

Where: The Steps of City Hall

Subject: The New York City Redistricting Commission has presented a radical redrawing of New York City Council District 8, currently represented by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. The commission has arbitrarily drawn the district line a staggering 107 blocks to the north and shifted 40% of its population to the Bronx without recognition of historic Bronx communities. The ill-conceived drawing simultaneously divides historic East Harlem communities of interest by bringing the district to the maximum allowable population size and erroneously reasoning that cuts can only take place in East Harlem, despite voices to the contrary in the Bronx.

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.

Leaders from the South Bronx and East Harlem will gather together on the steps of City Hall this Thursday to implore Speaker Christine Quinn to support the “Common Sense District 8 Plan”, which reflects scores of public testimony not only from District 8 leaders but also from District 16 and 17 in the Bronx. The "Common Sense District 8 Plan" reintegrates Randall’s Island, fully restores East Harlem (notably including Lexington and Carver Houses and Mount Sinai) and reasonably reconfigures the South Bronx (including providing Yankee Stadium and Concourse Village to District 16; Hostos Community College and Lincoln Hospital to District 17; and increasing District 8’s coverage of the South Bronx’s unified waterfront and “HUB” retail district).