Bizarre Senate Redistricting Plan Scrambles Manhattan Neighborhoods

Bizarre Senate Redistricting Plan Scrambles Manhattan Neighborhoods

February 21, 2012 7:05am | By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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MANHATTAN Under a bizarre new state Senate redistricting plan, an Upper East Side pol would represent the Upper West Side, Central Park would land in a Bronx district and Madison Square Garden would be represented from Washington Heights.

Much of the attention on Albany’s contentious redistricting process has been focused on Brooklyn and Queens, where proposed changes would force longtime incumbents to battle it out in bitter primaries.

But it would also slice, dice and reshuffle Manhattan districts into wedges that seemingly make no sense.

“I dont know what criteria they used to draw it,” said Baruch College Professor Doug Muzzio, who said some of the proposed districts are so oddly shaped they remind him of mythical creatures.

“Its pretty weird.”

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