Recommends Publicly Releasing Written Rationales for Each District to Make Commission's Decision-Making More Transparent
In addition to recommendations regarding individual districts, Citizens Union recommended that the Commission provide formal, written rationales for the drawing of each district prior to any vote on final maps. This information will ensure that the public has full information about the Commission’s decision-making, and may increase public confidence in the final maps.
“The Commission has fallen short by not putting the public interest ahead of protecting incumbents, particularly when it comes to addressing the representation of Asian Americans in New York City,” said Dick Dadey. “Faced with a lack of public information about the Commission’s decisions to draw districts the way they did, New Yorkers are scratching their heads and are left to wonder why the commission made certain decisions and not others. The commission needs to explain why it included some public suggestions into their maps, but not others,” Dick Dadey said.
"The Commission has the opportunity to provide needed transparency by releasing publicly written rationales detailing the decisions they have made for each district," said Rachael Fauss. "Transparency of the Commission's decision making is essential to ensuring that the public has more confidence in the districting process."
Citizens Union is expected to testify at upcoming hearings by the Districting Commission, including the hearing to be held this evening, 6:30 p.m. at Hunter College Auditorium, 695 Park Avenue.