Feb 10 2012

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Congressman Will Run No Matter What Happens

By Christina Santucci

I’ve been reelected 15 times, and I’ve been counting. Your grand kids will see me on the ballot too.  Booya. Photo from Times Ledger.

Ackerman says nothing that can happen with the lines will stop him from running again, predicts growth of NY5 in Queens.

From Times Ledger: U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said he believes that when the state legislative task force on reapportionment releases its congressional district maps, his will contain more of Queens while the district held by his newest colleague, Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village), may be eliminated.

“No matter how they draw it, I’m going to run in the district,” the 15-term congressman said during a meeting with reporters and editors of the TimesLedger Newspapers two weeks ago. “I suspect it will have more of Queens.”

Currently, Ackerman’s 5th District stretches from Corona in the west into Nassau County in the east, and from Jamaica Estates in the south up into the waters of Long Island Sound.

According to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, each congressional district will grow by about 60,000 people, and due to a slow rate of population growth relative to other states, New York will lose two congressional seats. It has been widely speculated that one of those seats will come from New York City.

“In the end, what has to happen is the Democrats have to say, ‘We’re willing to give up this seat,’ and the Republicans have to name the seat that they’re willing to give up,” Ackerman said.

For full article: http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/6/ackermanconversation_all_2012_02_09_q.html


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