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Sleepy Hollow Democrats Dislike Redistricting Plan

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A proposed redistricting plan for the New York State Senate is bad for Sleepy Hollow because it means Democrats will have less of a voice, village officials in the Democratic Party said.

“It's really pretty horrendous,” Mayor Ken Wray said at a recent board of trustees meeting about the redistricting proposal. “Hopefully the governor will step in and use his powers to persuade folks” to do something else.

State officials released the proposed redistricting plan at the end of January. Under the plan, the Town of Mount Pleasant, including Sleepy Hollow, would be moved from State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) 35th district to State Sen. Greg Ball's (R-Patterson) 40th district.

Ball would also gain the Town of New Castle while losing Bedford.  Sleepy Hollow would remain in State Assembly member Tom Abinanti's district under the proposed redistricting.

State officials will continue to hold a series of public hearings on the proposed maps through next week before releasing a revised plan. Lawmakers will then vote on the proposal and send it to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval.

“For me nothing will change,” Ball said. “I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the seniors, veterans small business owners, taxpayers and hardworking families in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. As a senator I welcome the new and exciting opportunity to now fight and deliver for both New Castle and Mount Pleasant.”

Mount Pleasant Republican Chair Nancy Meehan did not return a call for comment on the proposal.

Wray and others said the redistricting maps have been draw to carve out districts favorable to the Republican Party. “It certainly is not good for us,” he said.

Trustee David Schroedel said that with recent changes in the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the proposed redistricting means “soon we'll have no voice anywhere.”

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