Here’s How Redistricting Could Affect the Neighborhood


The proposed redrawn Congressional map would make the neighborhood look a bit less like a jigsaw puzzle of districts, meaning that – for the most part – only one member of Congress would answer to the East Village instead of three.

Currently, the East Village is divided into three congressional districts — the 8th, 12th and 14th — which are represented by Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velázquez and Carolyn Maloney respectively. Under the proposed redistricting, the East Village would be dominated by the 12th District, with the 7th covering only the area east of Avenue D.

The less-confusing district map — which was released on Monday — is the work of Roanne L. Mann of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who got the job after Republicans and Democrats in Albany couldn’t see eye-to-eye on how to carve out new districts based on the 2010 census. Judge Mann is aiming for a final version of the map to be set in stone by March 20, when the petitioning period for Congressional candidates is scheduled to start.

One of those candidates will be City Councilman Erik Dilan, who revealed to The Brooklyn Paper today that he will challenge Ms. Velázquez for her congressional seat in the 12th District. “We’ve had an incumbent who has been there for 20 years and she’s done little with the post,” Mr. Dilan said of Ms. Velázquez. The councilman, who represents Bushwick, will have the backing of the influential Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez, leading the paper to speculate that the contest will be one of the toughest challenges of Ms. Velázquez’s career.