Every 10 years, after the federal census, the City must redraw the boundaries of the wards so as to provide for twelve (12) wards of substantially equal population. The Commission on Ward Reapportionment, authorized pursuant to Section C1-5 of the Yonkers City Charter, is charged with drawing the ward boundaries. The purpose of this webpage is to educate the public on the three proposals submitted by the Commission for public comment. The Commission will be holding a public hearing on its three proposals on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers (4th Floor), City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York 10701. The public is invited to attend and speak at the hearing. If you have any questions or wish to comment on the proposals, please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE: THE WARD REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION DOES NOT REDRAW THE YONKERS CITY COUNCIL LINES.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION AND PROPOSALS
Q. What is the Commission?
A. Every 10 years, after the federal census, the City must redraw the boundaries of the wards so as to provide for twelve (12) wards of substantially equal population. The Commission, authorized pursuant to Section C1-5 of the Yonkers City Charter, is charged with drawing the ward boundaries. The Ward Reapportionment Commission does not redraw the YONKERS CITY council lines.
Q. How many Commission members are there and who are they?
A. The commission has 5 members: Former Councilman Dennis Robertson (Chairman), Councilman Wilson Terrero, Councilman John Larkin, Mr. Evan Inlaw, Esq., and Ms. Joan Deierlein.
Q. How are Commission members appointed?
A. The Mayor appoints the individual Commission members with the advice and consent of the City Council.
Q. Are members of the Commission paid?
A. No, but the charter allows for reimbursement for personal expenses incurred in connection with the duties required of the members.
Q. What is the difference between ward reapportionment and council redistricting?
A. Redistricting is the process of drawing council district lines which means changing the boundaries every ten years following the census. AGAIN, Only the City Council can REdraw COUNCIL district lines. THE Ward Reapportionment Commission ONLY recommends changes to the ward boundaries.
Q. Who or what entities are affected by ward reapportionment?
A. Political parties. The ward boundaries still have meaning to the five constituted political parties (Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence Parties) as it relates to their reorganization and party hierarchy.
Q. What is the purpose of the Commission?
A. Within 120 days after its appointment, the Commission must report to the City Council a plan for new ward boundaries. The plan must provide for 12 wards of substantially equal population.
Q. What happens after the Commission files its plan with the City Council?
A. The City Council must, within 60 days after the plan has been filed, approve the plan or develop its own plan related to ward boundaries. The Ward Reapportionment Commission plan is only a recommendation.
Q. Has the Commission developed any proposals?
A. Yes, the Commission, with the assistance of its consultant, has submitted three proposals for public comment. The proposals can be found on the City’s website (www.yonkersny.gov).
Q. Can you provide a brief description of the proposals?
A. The new proposals are identified as Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. The maps related to Plan A and Plan B display the existing wards using color backgrounds with the old ward number displayed in small yellow squares. The proposed new ward boundaries are shown with dark lines and are numbered in round labels - blue for Plan A, green for Plan B. Plan C makes no change to the existing ward lines.
The proposals (with the exception of Plan C) also detail the election districts moved under each plan.
Plan A has a wider population range (approx +6% to -8%) and stays closer to the current ward configurations.
Plan B has a narrower deviation range (approx +/-2.5%) and is more closely focused on following natural boundaries such as highways and major thoroughfares.
Plan C is the current ward lines and represents no change.
Q. When will the public have an opportunity to comment on the proposals?
A. The Commission will be holding a public hearing on its three proposals on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers (4th Floor), City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York 10701. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposals. In addition, the public is free to submit written questions and comments regarding the proposals between now and Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to email@example.com. All public comments received shall be made a part of the public hearing and considered by the Commission members.