The New York State Legislature has given final approval to a revised re-districting plan that would create a new 1st Assembly District which will include East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island and southeast Brookhaven. 98% of the area is currently represented by Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor).
Pursuant to the 2010 U.S. Census, each Assembly District should have 129,089. The new district will have 128,932, 157 less than the average or within the median by 0.12%.
Under the revised proposal, Shelter Island would be added to Thiele’s district, while the portion of Thiele’s district in Brookhaven would be reduced by about 16,000 residents. The revised district would be 73.06% White, 18.42% Hispanic, 4.8% African American, 1.4% Asian, and 0.71% American Indian.
Thiele stated, “I look forward to representing the new 1st Assembly District. 98% of the district includes areas I already represent. Shelter Island, which will be added to my district, was part of my county legislative district in the late 1980’s. I have continued to work with Shelter Island on many regional issues and look forward to representing them again.”
Thiele added that the State Legislature also gave first passage to a State constitutional amendment which would create an independent, non-partisan redistricting process for all future re-districting. “I support a redistricting process that is independent and non-partisan and have sponsored of legislation that would have instituted such a process. It was disappointing that this year’s process was not the product of such an independent process. However, the proposed constitutional amendment, if ultimately approved by the voters, will insure that all future redistricting plans are prepared by an independent, non-partisan commission.”