2011 – August 4

Testimony of Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment on the LATFOR Data Release

Chairmen Nozzolio and McEneny and members of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR).  My name is Bob Cohen.  I am the Policy Director of Citizen Action of New York, a statewide membership organization that advocates for racial, social, economic and environmental justice with chapters or affiliates in seven communities throughout New York State.  Thank you for holding this hearing.  Our state needs and deserves fair redistricting this year that gives the citizens of New York the representation they deserve in the halls of power here in Albany.  It is also critical that district lines be drawn that respect communities of interest, with a preference for keeping urban communities within a single legislative district.

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