When U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann released a draft of New York’s new Congressional maps, there was perhaps no one with more cause to object to them than Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.
The well-regarded Brooklyn lawmaker had been running hard against longtime incumbent Ed Towns, gathering a slew of union endorsements in the process–quite an achievement for a challenger running against an entrenched congressman like Mr. Towns.
But the court’s map drew Mr. Jeffries home out of Mr. Towns district, putting him and much of his base in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene into the district of Congresswoman Yvette Clark while putting white neighborhoods like Howard Beach, Mill Basin and Ozone Park into the Towns district. Read More