The Special Master appointed by the Federal Court to develop new Congressional District lines for New York State (in the absence of the State Legislature’s ability to do so) has issued its proposed district boundaries. Brooklyn Heights had previously been primarily represented by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, with some snippets given to Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and Congressman Jerry Nadler.
Now the entire nabe has been consolidated into a new 7th Congressional District incorporating all of Brownstone Brooklyn, Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park to the south, a portion of the Lower East Side, DUMBO and Williamsburg to the north, and Bushwick, Cypress Hills and Woodhaven, Queens to the East.
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries had been pressing for Brooklyn Heights to be placed into one district, and had hoped it would be the one currently represented by Congressman Ed Towns, who he’s challenging in the June Primary. While the new lines have been drawn without regard to the residential location of any incumbents, it looks as though the new district will most closely match that of Nydia Velasquez, who currently faces Primary opposition from Councilman Erik Dilan (Bushwick/Cypress Hills) and libertarian activist Dan O’Connor.