Department of Justice approves NYC redistricting plan
City Council district lines have been set for the next 10 years.
On May 20, the federal Department of Justice gave pre-clearance to the plan developed by the New York City Districting Commission and submitted to DOJ in March, drawing 51 council districts in the five boroughs in the wake of the 2010 Census.
“Public participation and transparency have been our main goal throughout this process,” stressed Benito Romano, chair of the Districting Commission. “I believe the determination by DOJ validates that.”
Finalized maps are required in advance of this year’s election, which includes all city offices. Approval by DOJ is mandatory because Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx are protected counties under the U.S. Voting Rights Act, meaning that district lines in those boroughs must be drawn in such a way that “protected racial and language minority groups represent an overall majority of the total population in the district,” according to materials released by the commission.