By Carol Tannenhauser
In a remarkable turn of events, long-time Upper West Side Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), and long-time Upper East Side Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) — who have described themselves as “allies” — could find themselves facing off against each other in the upcoming Democratic primary, as a result of the latest redistricting development.
A new draft map of New York State’s congressional electoral districts was released on Monday by Special Master Jonathan Cervas, who was appointed by the New York State Court of Appeals to redraw the map after a draft created by the Democratic legislature was rejected in late April, because of what the court deemed “unconstitutional” gerrymandering.
“In what would be a stunning change, the new map sees District 12, currently represented by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, take over the entire Upper West Side and a major chunk of Midtown Manhattan, encroaching on West Side turf that has long been home to Rep. Jerry Nadler,” wrote Patch.
Here is the new map, posted online by Jonathan Cervas. The light green to the left represents the new District 12.
Both Nadler and Maloney released statements indicating they plan to run in District 12.
Statement from Congressman Jerrold Nadler: pic.twitter.com/3BS8CiqKIP
— (((Jerry Nadler))) (@JerryNadler) May 16, 2022
I am proud to announce that I will be running to continue to represent the 12th Congressional District. A majority of the communities in the newly redrawn NY-12 are ones I have represented for years and to which I have deep ties #NY12 #TeamMaloney
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@CarolynBMaloney) May 16, 2022
“Every district was drawn to have between 776,970 and 776,972 constituents per congressional seat,” Spectrum reported. “‘There’s only a one-person deviation in this map, which is very precise,’ said Jeff Wice, senior fellow at the N.Y. Census & Redistricting Institute at New York Law School. ‘We don’t have contorted or oddly shaped maps or districts. Nearly all of them are more compact now. They seem to reflect more communities and counties kept intact.’
“Supreme Court Justice Patrick McCallister will move to finalize the plans by Friday. ‘Barring any technical or mapping errors, the court is unlikely to make any substantive changes,’ Wice said.”
For the state and national implications of the new map, check out The Times.