The city's districting commission, charged with redrawing the lines that make up the 51 City Council districts, voted to withdraw their original plan Tuesday and hold more public hearings before coming up with a new one. NY1's Zack Fink has the story.
The hastily called meeting came amid questions about whether the commission had the authority to withdraw the maps it had already submitted.
After receiving assurances from the the city's law department, the commission voted
But that wasn't all. The commission also voted for two changes to the maps.
One change addressed a controversy involving the embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
After the maps had already been voted on by the commission, Lopez's ally, City Councilman Erik Dilan, requested that Lopez's home be moved to the neighboring 34th district where it would be easier for Lopez to run for City Council.
"My concern was that in voting on these several changes, which I don't disagree with, we leave the perception that that's all we are going to do," Padavan said.
Several organizations are seeking additional changes to the maps and their concerns were not addressed.
"I just wanted to make sure that it was understood that this plan isn't adopted because we just revised it," Ognibene said. "There still needs to be public hearings, this is not part of the adopted plan, and I wanted that clear."
The new round of public hearings are expected to take place in January.
N.B. The word unanimously is crossed out because Padavan actually abstained from voting.