After Districting Commission rejects map, what’s the future of proposed majority-Asian southern Brooklyn council district?

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The future of a new majority-Asian New York City Council district spanning Bensonhurst, parts of Sunset Park, Bath Beach and Gravesend is uncertain after the city’s Redistricting Commission rejected a set of maps that included it on Sept. 22.

The fast-growing Asian community in southern Brooklyn has been pushing for a majority district for decades to connect areas where large numbers of Asian Americans are living and organize voting power to elect a representative that understands the community’s needs. This summer, the city’s Districting Commission — responsible for redrawing council districts to reflect the most recent U.S. Census — released a map that included one such district in a redrawn District 43.

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