De Blasio Calls for New Latino District

billdeblasio gettyimages 300x1991 De Blasio Calls for New Latino DistrictPublic Advocate Bill de Blasio released a statement this afternoon calling on the State Legislature to create a third Latino district.

“Our State Legislature has the historic opportunity to create a third Congressional District to affirm the right of the growing Latino community to elect the candidates of its choice, without significant changes to current ‘majority-minority’ Congressional districts,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. “With attacks on Latino electoral participation growing across the nation, creating a third Latino congressional district here would reaffirm our city’s commitment to the American principles of openness, diversity and civic participation.”

Mr. de Blasio doesn’t come out and say it, but this third Latino district would be centered in Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan. Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel represents those areas now, and has been pushing to have them remain in his Harlem-centric district.

The most likely candidate for that Latino-majority district would be current State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

The creation of a Latino-district however seems increasingly likely, and Mr. de Blasio could be making a play for the Latino vote for his expected mayoral run in 2013. As of yet, no Latino candidate has emerged.

His full statement is below:

 

“New York City rises on the foundation of our rich diversity. The remarkable achievements of Latino New Yorkers are increasingly defining our city’s civic life, economy and faith communities.  Our charge, as progressives, is to ensure that the opportunity for a political voice keeps pace.

 

“Our State Legislature has the historic opportunity to create a third Congressional District to affirm the right of the growing Latino community to elect the candidates of its choice, without significant changes to current ‘majority-minority’ Congressional districts.  With attacks on Latino electoral participation growing across the nation, creating a third Latino congressional district here would reaffirm our city’s commitment to the American principles of openness, diversity and civic participation.

 

“Creation of this new congressional district is the most appropriate means of ensuring that Latino voting interests are adequately represented in New York’s congressional delegation.”

 

Comments

  1. Throw the Bums Out says:

    What an ass-sucking manipulative fraud. How does establishing what actually would be a Dominican district help all Latinos?