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12-29-11 LATFOR

12-29-11 LATFOR

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MARTIN
MALAVE
DILAN
~
J~y~
RANKING
MINORITY
MEMBER
SENATOR,
17TH
DISTRICT
II
TRANSPORTATION
ASSISTANT
MINORITY
LEADER
.
COMMITTEES
FOR
POLICY
ANDADMINISTRATION
CIVILSERVICE
&
PENSIONS
MEMBER
ELECTIONS
LEGISLATIVE
TASKFORCE
ON
DEMOGRAPHIC
THE
SENATE
FINANCE
RESEARCH
&REAPPORTIONMENT
STATE
OFNEWYORK
JUDICIARY
ALBANY
12247
LABORRULES
December
29,
2011
Senator
Michael
F.
Nozzolio
Assemblyman
John
J.
McEneny
AssemblymanRobert
Oaks
Dr.
Roman
Hedges
Weiquis
R.
Lopez
DearColleagues:
After
months
of
delay,
I
am
pleasedthat
the
Task
Force
has
“agreedin
principle”
to
release
adjusted
population
data
as
mandated
bylaw
reflecting
the
reallocation
or
subtraction
of
prisonpopulations.
Pending
final
staff
analysis,
I
expect
the
adjusted
database
to
be
made
available
to
the
public
within
the
next
week.
If
members
of
the
public
are
to
participate
meaningfully
in
decisionsabout
redistricting,
theymust
be
ableto
propose
workable,
legitimateredistricting
plans
to
LATFOR
andthe
Legislature
The
regulationsgoverning
§
5
of
the
Voting
Rights
Act
particularly
require
thatmembers
of
racial
and
language
minority
groups
be
afforded
such
an
opportunity
for
participation.
In
respectto
redistricting,their
concernsthat
are
to
be
taken
into
account
can
be
fully
expressed
only
in
terms
of
maps
showingspecific
proposals
for
districts.
It
is
important
thatmembers
of
the
public
and
advocacyorganizations
have
enough
time
to
obtain
the
adjusted
dataandtotake
account
of
this
data
inevaluating
and
perhaps
revisingtheir
already
submitted
plans,
orin
crafting
plansthathave
not
yetbeen
submitted
to
LATFOR.
I
request
that
a
two-week
period
be
established
for
the
public
and
organizations
to
workwith
the
new
database
beforeany
further
actions
are
taken
by
LATFOR
or
by
the
Co-Chairs.This
two-
week
period
shouldcommenceupon
the
public
availability
of
the
data.
Individuals
and
organizations
that
have
submitted
plans
should
be
notified
by
LATFOR
personnelthat
a
new
adjusted
databaseis
available.
Several
personsand
organizations
have
acquired
the
technical
ability,
including
computers
and
expensive
redistricting
software,
as
well
as
competent
personnel,
to
develop
such
proposals.
But
the
confidentiality
provisions
in
LegislativeLaw§83-m(13)(b)
and
(c),
enacted
by
Chap.
57
of
the
Laws
of
2010,
mean
that
only
LATFOR
can
createthe
legally
mandatory
database
for
redistricting,
andthe
public
has
hadto
wait
for
LATFOR
to
perform
this
task.
Drawingredistricting
plans
is
a
complex,time-consuming,labor-intensive
process,
involving
the
analysis
of
massiveamounts
of
statistical
data.
Personsand
organizationsproposing
redistricting
ALBANY
OFFICE:
ROOM
903
LEGISLATIVE
OFFICE
BUILDING
ALBANY,
NEWYORK
12247(518)
455-2177
FAX:
(518)
426-6947
BROOKLYN
OFFICE:
786
KNICKERBOCKERAVENUE
BROOKLYN,NEWYORK
11207(718)
573-1726
FAX:
(718)
573-2407
WEBSITE:
DI
LAN
NYSENATE.GOV
E-MAIL:
DILAN@NYSENATE.GOV
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