Congressman Gary Ackerman saw his district split in two under the new reapportionment maps released, but in a statement released today put on his best game face.
“The new Sixth CD is a fantastic district in Queens where I grew up, went to public school and college, and started my family and my business,” Mr. Ackerman said. “It contains my political base and longtime roots, and I have had the privilege of representing approximately 90% of it during my 34 years in the State Senate and U.S. Congress. Throughout this time, I have been honored to win the overwhelming support of the people Rita and I grew up with, and the people our children grew up with, and the wonderful people who reside in these great and diverse communities. I look forward to continuing to fight for them in Congress for many more years to come.”
Earlier this morning, Ken Lovett reported one of the two Congressional districts New York State is destined to lose looks likely to be Nassau County Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, resulting in electoral implications across New York State.
Notably, because the seats are eliminated based on relative population loss, this would likely mean Congressman Bob Turner’s nearby Queens-based district is safe. Mr. Turner’s district had long been assumed to be on the chopping block, and Mr. Lovett’s report certainly makes Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s recently announced campaign efforts against Mr. Turner look far less foolhardy.
As The Politicker reported earlier this week, combining Ms. McCarthy’s district with neighboring Congressman Gary Ackerman’s seat makes a certain amount of mathematical sense, as Long Island can only support exactly four Congressional districts while five Representatives currently call the area home.