Friday, March 9, 2012

Dominican Group Mounts Legal Challenge to New Redistricting Plan

Dominican Group Mounts Legal Challenge to New Redistricting Plan

The Dominican American National Roundtable's proposal for a new majority-Latino Congressional District spanning Upper Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. (Dominican American National Roundtable)

HARLEM — A group pushing for a Dominican Congressional district that would encompass parts of Washington Heights, Inwood, the Bronx and Queens filed a legal challenge Wednesday to newly proposed congressional lines.

Under the new congressional lines released Tuesday by a federal judge, the former historically black 15th congressional district, now represented by Rep. Charles Rangel, would remain largely the same and include more of the Southern Bronx. The new district would be 55 percent Hispanic.

But the plan doesn't do enough to link people of "like interests" said Maria Teresa Feliciano, president of the Dominican American National Roundtable.

"The maps proposed by the court would totally ignore the fundamentals of redistricting which is keeping communities of interest together to elect a candiate of their choice," Feliciano said.

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