BHA Gets BBP Back in Heights Congressional District

Brooklyn Heights Association President Jane McGroarty has alerted us to a change the BHA was able to effect in the redrawing of Congressional district lines that has just been made final. As proposed, the new map will put all of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens in the 7th Congressional District, now represented by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.

However, as proposed by the Federal District Court that drew the new district boundaries, the area west of Furman Street, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, the proposed hotel and condo complex next to Pier 1, and the existing One Brooklyn Bridge Park condo and retail building, would have been in the district of Congressman Jerrold Nadler, which runs down the west side of Manhattan, then crosses the water to take in shoreline areas of Red Hook and part of Sunset Park.

At the urging of the BHA, which argued that the park and adjoining buildings are part of a community of interest with Brooklyn Heights, the three judge panel reviewing the redistricting plan agreed to redraw the boundary so that the area west of Furman out to the ends of the piers is now in the 7th District. You can see the final district maps on Politicker.

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  • chris

    Correction – ALL of Brooklyn Heights (north or south of Pierrepont) is now in CD 7. The district line is eveything west of either Jay St.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Bravo to BHA for this– it makes sense.

    Is BHB going to cover what happened in the Assembly and Senate too? Or are we all just putting our heads in the sand and pretending it didn’t happen?

  • Claude Scales

    Chris: thanks. The Times “interactive” map was confusing, and made me think the old district line was the new one. I’ve corrected the post accordingly.

    Quinn: what about the Assembly and Senate should we be reporting? As I understand it, the changes in districting don’t affect the Heights, i.e. we’re still in Squadron’s and Millman’s districts. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Ernie

    Claude. You are correct. The only change is Squadron’s district number. It is now the 26th Senate District.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Yes, but Millman voted for a plan that gives the Senate to the GOP for the next decade even though Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-1.

    Millman agreed to a gerrymandered plan that allows the GOP to continue to cut transit and education funding. I would love to see how she explains how this vote was good for Brooklyn Heights.

    It really was the worst deal possible. I am appalled but not surprised that she agreed to it.

    The 52nd Assembly District needs a credible primary challenger.

  • Judy

    Claude, The proposed 26th Senate District map (replacing Squadron’s 25th Senate District) cuts two residential buildings out of Brooklyn Heights and then cuts one Mitchell Lama coop into two separate districts. 101 Clark Street and 10 Clinton Street are two buildings under the same ownership but 101 Clark has been separated from the rest of Brooklyn Heights and placed in the neighboring district and 140 Cadman Plaza West iand 10 Clinton remain in the proposed 26th. For decades, the 4 Mitchell Lama coops (75 Henry is now private) have worked together on common issues and constitute a distinct community as well as being part of the larger Brooklyn Heights community. You’ll see what I mean if you look at the map put out by LATFOR which was sent to us by Squadron’s office:

  • Ernie

    Thank Judy.

  • She’s Crafty

    Wait – Judy Stanton is no longer President of the BHA? I should probably know this, but don’t.

  • Andrew Porter

    She is the Executive Secretary, or something. But the other posts, including President, are elected ones. She is appointed, the one you call or e-mail to Get Things Done.