Friday, March 9, 2012

A federal judge has proposed new congressional lines that would keep Rep. Charlie Rangel's district anchored in Harlem

The Congressional lines proposed by the special master. (

By Jill Colvin and Jeff Mays

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN — A federal judge has proposed new congressional lines that would keep Rep. Charlie Rangel's district anchored in Harlem — but shift the historically black district to become even more Latino.

The proposed map, released Tuesday, comes after state legislators failed to reach a deal on how to recarve the state following the once-in-a-decade census count, which cut two of New York's congressional seats.

While many had speculated that Rangel's district would be pushed north into Westchester and the Bronx, the new proposed map would keep the long-time incumbent in Harlem.

The current borders of the 15th Congressional District, which includes Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem, parts of the Upper West and East sides and a sliver of northwest Queens. (Rep. Rangel)

Under the reconfiguration, Rangel's new 13th District would include Washington Heights and Inwood and more of the southern Bronx. It would become 55 percent Hispanic, 12 percent non-Hispanic white and 27 percent non-Hispanic black, according to numbers released with the maps by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Today, Rangel's 15th Congressional District — which includes a larger section of the Upper West Side and a sliver of northwest Queens — is 46 percent Latino, 26 percent black and 21 percent white, the latest census data show. That's an 18 percent drop in the black population and a 75 percent jump in the white population from a decade ago.

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