The Town of New Castle will flip to state Senator Greg Ball’s District 40, under proposed maps released Thursday by a redistricting group comprised of state legislators.
The switch, which leaves Mount Kisco in District 40, is part of several major changes to Ball’s territory that have it shifting southward. Other changes include losses of Bedford, western Putnam County and most of eastern Dutchess County. The district also gains the Town of Mount Pleasant, including its villages of Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow. It retains the rest of its current territory.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the seniors, veterans, small business owners, taxpayers and hardworking families in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties,” Ball (R-Patterson) said in a press release. “As a Senator I welcome the new and exciting opportunity to now fight and deliver for both New Castle and Mount Pleasant.”
Redistricting for the state legislature, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives, is done every 10 years to account for population changes in the federal Census. This year, a 63rd state Senate seat has been added for the proposal.
Currently, New Castle is placed in Senate District 37 and is represented by Mamaroneck Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer. She is retiring and what is now her district will look dramatically different under the proposed map. It will gain Bedford, Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and part of Yonkers. It will also lose Scarsdale, which displaces Republican candidate Bob Cohen from the district.
Whether or not the maps for senate and assembly are approved is in doubt. According to published media reports, a Cuomo spokesman said the new lines are “simply unacceptable” and that they could be vetoed. (ARTICLE)