I just got off the phone with former Daily News columnist Bob Kappstatter (Boy, do we miss Kappy’s weekly column or what?) and he pointed me to this entry on his Facebook page and authorized me to post it here. Thanks, Bob! And, stay tuned for more about this critical issue on Bronx Matters.
Okay, fast look at the Bronx winners and losers in the new congressional proposed by Magistrate Roanne Mann. I could be wrong, but:
1. Jose Serrano expands west into Soundview and gives up a small slice along the northwestern edge to go to that new Latino district that takes in Harlem and upper Manhattan.
2. Joe Crowley gives up Soundview, but keeps the white northeast Bronx and his Queens home base.
3. Charlie Rangel totally screwed out of the Bronx. Victory for Dem County Leader Carl Heastie.
4. Eliot Engel just about totally screwed since only Riverdale stays in a district that’s totally southern Westchester. He either beats a Westchester contender, or faces off against a challenger in a new district that’s totally in Rockland, without his Riverdale political support.
The link for the maps the magistrate proposes is right here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/115548887/Regional-Layouts