Although Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed to veto the current set of redistricting maps, Democratic State Senator Eric Adams let it be known this morning that he isn’t happy with his new district. A number of Democratic incumbents were drawn into the same districts, including Mr. Adams and neighboring State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, something Mr. Adams felt was ideologically motivated.
“This year I am the poster child for removal. Many of the Upstate and Long Island Republican senators are angry with me because of my progressive agenda for New York City residents,” Mr. Adams said in a statement. “In Albany, I am known as one of the lead voices that support social issues such as, but not limited to, tenant housing protections, fair funding in our schools, and ending the draconian practice of NYPD stop and frisk.”
(The proposed map, which Politicker labeled “A Stork With a Big Surprise,” is one of the most bizarre-looking ones in the state.)
Although he’s drawn into the same seat as another incumbent, New York law allows candidates to run in districts that they do not live in for the election immediately after redistricting. Mr. Adams reaffirmed his intentions move into his new district if the maps stand.
He also attacked both the current redistricting process and its outcome.
“As drawn by the Republican-controlled Senate, the proposed lines or districts systematically disenfranchise large numbers of New Yorkers and reverse the progressive movement that has been made in Albany. It hurls us back into the negative climate from which Albany is attempting to distance itself.”
Mr. Adams is currently eyeing a run for Brooklyn Borough President, and some insiders have suggested his proposed district might actually benefit those ambitions, as the map would provide him the opportunity to increase his name recognition in a new area.