Final Congressional Maps Released
A panel of judges signed off on a final proposal for the U.S. Congressional district maps for New York, which is one of the last states to do so, bringing the months-long struggle to redraw district lines based on results from the 2010 census, one step closer to completion.
The state has lost two of its 29 seats in the House of Representatives, one of which is held by newly-elected Congressman Bob Turner, whose portion of the Rockaway district will now be represented as part of the newly created 5th Congressional District that covers the entire Rockaway peninsula.
In addition to having one representative for all of Rockaway, the 5th District will encompass parts of southeast Queens including Laurelton, Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Elmont and parts of Inwood, Lawrence and Valley Stream in Nassau County. New York will hold a congressional primary on June 26. Congressman Gregory Meeks is the most likely candidate to represent the Democratic Party for the 5th District unless other Democrats enter the race and challenge him to a primary election.