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Teaneck mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin

Teaneck mayor calls for Dems to oppose redistricting amendment

By Nikita Biryukov, December 14 2018 3:29 pm

Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin on Friday called on legislators to oppose the constitutional amendment on redistricting.

“This gerrymandering plan would be a tremendous step back for our state that would literally allow state legislators to draw their own districts,” Hameeduddin said. “At a time when Democrats around the country are working to stop Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression, our party would be exposed if this plan moves forward as being hypocritical and untrustworthy. I hope the State Legislature will reject this plan and I will work to oppose it.”

The amendment would impose a fairness formula on the state’s redistricting process for legislative districts. It would require that at least a quarter of the state’s 40 legislative districts have vote margins that fall within 5% of the average of statewide elections over the 10 years preceding reapportionment.

The measure would also reduce the number of picks made to the redistricting commission party state chairs make from five to two, giving two picks to two legislative leaders from both parties.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a close ally of Senate President Steve Sweeney, represents the 37th legislative district.

Legislators are expected to vote on the measure Monday.

Three state senators — Brian Stack, Nicholas Sacco and former Gov. Dick Codey — have announced their opposition to the amendment, and State Sen. Nia Gill is expected to vote against it.

That means the amendments opponents, a group that includes virtually everyone that isn’t a Democrat serving in the legislature, need to flip only one more vote to stall the amendment.

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