“If we were looking for people who voted the same way to keep them together, that would be the definition of illegal gerrymandering,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat. and led a task force that drew the line.
“Maybe at the end of the day, this will have the effect of bringing people together,” he said.
That will be extremely difficult on the 11th, if the lines stay the same.
But regardless of the apparent regulatory difficulties, a fierce battle is underway to represent the region as Malliotakis, who has tied herself to Mr. vote against confirm 2020 election results, re-election. She also broke up her party to vote for infrastructure bills.
While candidates in many races face a difficult balancing act between attracting the most hard-line party members in the primary and achieving broader appeal in a general election. , those tensions will be noticeably eased in District 11.
“It certainly gives the Democratic candidate a very good chance,” said John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Urban Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, said. “But that would lead to a Democratic candidate who could appeal to more conservative Democrats on Staten Island.”
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On the Democratic side, the biggest open question is whether Mr. de Blasio will run, an idea that has caused visceral negative reactions on Staten Island. At the Grant City Tavern, which has a ceiling designed to look like an American flag and a portrait of Mr Trump hung on the wall, a patron spilled his drink at the mention of the former mayor.
He commissioned polling around the race, but take yourself out of the argument on Tuesday.
The most senior Democrat in the race is former Rep. Max Rose, who won the county’s previous configuration in 2018 and lost to Malliotakis in 2020. Mr. Rose, who grew up on Park Slope, took it upon himself. branded himself as more of a Staten Island Democrat with a rough personal style and relatively central politics, and some party officials see him as a strong local general election match. new seeds.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/21/nyregion/staten-island-park-slope-redistricting.html ‘Nothing in common’: Staten Island, Park Slope and an unlikely marriage