QUEENS, NY – As a result of population changes measured by the 2010 census, New York is losing two seats in the United States House of Representatives. This will necessitate major alterations to congressional districts throughout the state. In some cases, redistricting may threaten the interests of minority communities. The state NAACP has addressed this concern by proposing new maps for four congressional districts. One such district is NY-6, located in southeast Queens. In order to maintain the district's black majority, the new map would extend the eastern border into western Nassau County. The northern and western boundaries of the district would also be modified. NAACP State President Hazel Dukes stated that the proposal would help "preserve New York's black congressional districts and black New Yorkers' voting rights."
Democratic candidate for the sixth congressional seat Mike Scala supports the NAACP's proposal, saying: "There are only three black-majority congressional districts in New York, and the sixth is one of them. The new map will ensure that redistricting will not dilute the rights of the area’s voters. In these turbulent times, radically altering the political landscape in southeast Queens could further destabilize a community that has been among the hardest hit by the economic and mortgage crises.”
View the NAACP's proposed NY-6 map here: http://www.docstoc.com/
Mike Scala was born and raised in Rosedale, Queens. Mr. Scala graduated cum laude from Polytechnic University (now Polytechnic Institute of NYU), and is currently in his final year of study at Brooklyn Law School. He has worked for the legal department of New York State United Teachers, where he helped defend educators facing discrimination. He additionally spent time at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which advocates for improving end of life care and is the largest nonprofit membership organization of its kind in the United States. During the 2008 presidential election, Mr. Scala worked with the Obama campaign to help college students vote early via in-person absentee ballot. Scala is a Hip Hop artist who has released music through the storied Rawkus Records. He recently founded the Solid Ground movement, which promotes governmental focus on everyday Americans and has garnered national support.
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