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Ossining Mayor Hanauer Gives Redistricting Update

OSSINING, N.Y. – Village of Ossining Mayor William Hanauer said a change could come to a proposed redistricting plan and it’s all due to local community members.

A state legislative task force on redistricting placed the Village and Town of Ossining in the 38th Senate District along with Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown in Rockland County. Currently, Ossining falls within the 37th Senate District, represented by State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck). Both the Village and Town of Ossining’s respective boards recently announced opposition to the plan.

Hanauer said Tuesday night during the village’s work session that he returned from a conference of mayors who updated him on the issue.

“Some of the people told me that if there are any tweaks to the proposed plan … that it might well be possible that Ossining will be one of those tweaks,” Hanauer said. “The reason for that is all of the letters and phone calls and petitions that the people of this village and the town have been sending to the governor and to the task force.”

Hanauer later added that “nobody knows what’s going to happen.”

Deputy Mayor John Codman encouraged more people to speak out against the issue.

“Don’t stop sending the letters,” Codman said. “You can’t send enough of those things.”

Trustee Robert Daraio said previously 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 earlier this month. "This is exactly the kind of behavior that makes people distrust politicians worse than used car salesman. Shame on them.”

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