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Ossining Senate Dist. Heads to Rockland

The Governor has signed the bill that will move Senate District 38 into Ossining.

It is official: Ossining will be taken over by what is now Rockland County domain. This morning Sen. Carlucci's office is confirming that Governor Cuomo has signed the bill that will move Ossining into the newly drawn Senate District 38.

Carlucci's office says that if he wins re-election he will represent the town, village and unincorporated areas of Ossining. Sen. Carlucci's Spokesperson Jason Elan says the changes are set to go into effect after the November election. Meanwhile, Assemblywoman Galef's spokesperson Sara Rubin says that the change will also put the majority of the Village of Briarcliff Manor in the new district, which is about 85% located within the Town of Ossining borders.

A number of people in Ossining have been concerned about having to travel to Rockland County to meet face-to-face with Sen. Carlucci. Carlucci offered the following statement regarding the issue.

“...I would like the residents of Ossining to know that I will have a full-time presence in their community, and they will have complete and unfettered access to my office. They will receive the same excellent constituent service that I have been able to provide the residents of Rockland and Orange Counties," said Senator Carlucci.

Ossining resident and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is speaking out about the change.

“I voted against the new state legislative redistricting plan created by the Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment because it was a disservice to the voters in the Town and Village of Ossining and Village of Briarcliff Manor. The new 38th Senate District was clearly gerrymandered to encompass a small fraction of Westchester County with a district that has historically included only Rockland County.”

Village of Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer has been a vocal critic of redistricting. On Today he spoke out about the Governor signing the redistricting measure.

"Despite my disappointmant that the Legislature and Governor elected to disregard residents' strongly expressed demand that the town and village remain in a Westchester Senatorial district, I have already begun constructive and substantive conversations with Senator Carlucci and look forward to working closely with him to ensure the rights of the residents are protected
in future and that their needs are met," said Mayor Hanauer.

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Lanning Taliaferro March 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Maybe it's because of the Haverstraw Ferry, stitching all those connections back and forth?
Lutonya Russell-Humes March 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM
This is gerrymandering at its worse. I have yet to hear an explanation for this.
Lives Local March 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Such bull... nothing surprises me anymore, just sad!
insider March 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
does this mean that ossining is now in rockland?
Susanne Donnelly March 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Ossining is part of Westchester County. Redistricting involves the State Senate and the Assembly. Our State Senate district will now be part of a historical Rockland County district. It is more important to remember the process and how flawed that was and will continue to be if politics is allowed to control it. The current Senator (David Carlucci) of the 38th District is an energetic, pro-active person who has some great ideas how this split district will work. Should be a interesting election cycle this November. Let's all work together to make sure our future State Senator understands the needs of the residents of Ossining & Briarcliff Manor and works with local municipalities to move our community forward.

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