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Ossining Board of Trustees Oppose Redistricting

OSSINING, N.Y. – Village of Ossining representatives are joining Mayor William Hanauer in speaking out against proposed redistricting.

Hanauer recently sent a letter to the state's legislative task opposing new proposed redistricting that would place the Village and Town of Ossining in the 38th Senate District along with Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown in Rockland County. Hanauer reiterated his position Tuesday night during the village board of trustees regular meeting, continuing to call the plan "an outrage."

Currently, Ossining falls within the 37th Senate District, represented by State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck). She announced in January that she would be retiring at the end of her term and would not seek reelection in November.

"The Ossining Village municipal government is vehemently opposed to the unconscionable redistricting," Hanauer said Tuesday. The proposal to add Ossining to the 38th district puts it into a district “with which we have no commonality of interest.”

Trustee Robert Daraio said Tuesday he also had a problem with the proposal.

"I'm appalled that this partisan behavior continues at a time when we need bipartisan support to get initiatives through at the state level to help all of the people of the State of New York," Daraio said. "This is exactly the kind of behavior that makes people distrust politicians worse than used car salesman. Shame on them."

Deputy Mayor John Codman said the redistricting plan was "pretty disappointing."  He said, "It's all about the process and the process was terrible." He said no public hearing was held in Westchester regarding redistricting and without "any input to this is very troubling to me."

Codman later said he wasn't surprised with the result of the redistricting plan.

"Given the things the state has done to us, I can't say I'm surprised," Codman said. "But I'd like to see the state get their act together and give us a fair shake here."

Ossining Council member Peter Tripodi previously said he's also fighting the proposal.

"All this does is help the incumbency rate of a few politicians in Albany," Tripodi said last week. "It's just another clear example of Albany politicians trying to pass laws that benefit themselves and not the people of the state."

Tripodi added that, if the new plan received approval, Ossining would lose representation.

"I also question the motives for the drawing of this district, which really falls in the hands of Senate Republicans," Tripodi, a Republican, said. "But I think both parties are responsible for this mess."

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