From the NY Times:
Redistricting — a brazenly political process in which seniority, connections and self-promotion can make an enormous difference — has many House members around the state on edge.
With Mr. Weiner gone, many senior Democrats see an opportunity to carve up his district — which includes sections of Queens and Brooklyn — among neighboring lawmakers who need to expand their own districts.
Representative Gary L. Ackerman, a Democrat, said, “Carving up the Weiner district makes the most common sense.”
Mr. Ackerman, whose district stretches from Queens into Nassau County, would know. At one point, some Democrats had floated the possibility of eliminating Mr. Ackerman’s district, because they believed he, at age 68, was close to retirement, though he adamantly disputes that.
Now, Mr. Ackerman, a 28-year incumbent, is poised to pick up portions of Mr. Weiner’s district, even as a special election has been set to replace Mr. Weiner, according to Democrats involved in the deliberations.
Representative Joseph Crowley, the powerful Queens County Democratic leader who is heavily engaged in the redistricting talks, may also benefit from Mr. Weiner’s departure.
Mr. Crowley’s district now includes the white ethnic areas in Queens that form his traditional political base and neighborhoods with growing Hispanic populations where Democrats say he is open to a challenge.
Mr. Crowley, who is Irish, stands to pick up many of the white working-class neighborhoods in the Queens portion of Mr. Weiner’s old district, potentially allowing him to shed the parts of his district where a challenger with strong Hispanic support might have emerged.
Democrats see a chance to use the remnants of Mr. Weiner’s district to weaken Representative Michael G. Grimm, a freshman Republican.
In an interview, Mr. Crowley insisted it was far too early to predict how the new Congressional maps might look. “Anyone who says they can tell you how this process will turn out is dreaming,” he said. “There are lots of twists and turns that have happened and will continue to happen.”
Joe Crowley is Irish? And here I thought he was American...but then again I thought he was a New Yorker, too!