Beginning today, the New York City Districting Commission will hold five public hearings — one in each of the city’s five boroughs — from October 2 to 11, 2012. The Brooklyn hearing will be held October 11 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. inside the Medgar Evers College Founder’s Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue.
The purpose of these hearings, which are open to the public, is for the NYC Districting Commission to hear testimony from the public concerning the initial phases of its work in drafting a new districting plan for the New York City Council. It will be the commission’s task to reconfigure all 51 City Council districts to reflect population shifts. The plan is slated to be submitted to the council by November.
Individuals wishing to pre-register for speaking time or to submit written testimony in advance may do so by signing up online at www.nyc.gov/districting. Individuals wishing to speak at any hearing will be provided up to three minutes of speaking time.
Prior to the hearings, you may submit written comments to the NYC Districting Commission by mail to: NYC Districting Commission, Attn: Jonathan Ettricks, 253 Broadway, 7th Fl.,New York, NY 10007, or by email at [email protected] on or before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing. You must indicate in your correspondence the date of the hearing for which you are submitting your comments.
The hearing locations are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Individuals requesting an interpreter for sign language or any other language at any hearing should contact the NYC Districting Commission at [email protected] or by calling (212) 442-0256 in advance of the hearing, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate such requests.