From the Daily News:
A controversy has erupted over the City Council’s redistricting plan, with critics charging the new district lines were drawn to help Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s bid for mayor.
The new map slices and dices the East Harlem district of Democratic Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who has been preparing to make a bid for Council speaker.
The new lines remove a big chunk of East Harlem from her district while adding tens of thousands of voters from the Bronx - weakening her politically and leaving her vulnerable to a potential challenge for re-election.
Sources said the move could solidify Quinn’s standing with both the Bronx and Manhattan Democratic leaders as she courts their support for mayor.