From the Times Ledger:
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said there are rumors swirling around that his district may be torn apart when the state Legislature redraws political lines next year.
An Asian coalition wants Avella’s district to encompass only Bayside, Bay Terrace, Oakland Gardens, Auburndale and all of Flushing, the senator told Community Board 13 last week.
If that plan goes through, Avella said his district “could change dramatically,” with 75 percent of the senator’s current district to no longer be represented by him.
Avella’s district covers northeast Queens, Whitestone, College Point, parts of Jamaica and Hollis and communities near the border with Nassau County.
The group said it made proposals to redraw all of the city’s state Senate and Assembly lines.
The Asian American Coalition for Redistricting and Democracy also wants Queens neighborhoods near the Nassau County border — Glen Oaks, Bellerose and Floral Park — to be put in a Long Island state Assembly district.
“At least in Queens, you share a commonality with the rest of the communities,” Avella said of residents who live near the Nassau County border.
Jerry Vattamala, staff attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund — a group that is part of ACCORD — said the lines ACCORD drew up were done so minorities “can elect a representative of their choice.
“We did not draw these lines to get Asian Americans elected,” he said.