BUFFALO, NY— ( release) At a special session held today, Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., the City of Buffalo Common Council, in conjunction with the recent release of the results of the 2010 United States Decennial Census, adopted an amended version of the Citizens Advisory Commission on Reapportionment Redistricting Plan for dividing the City of Buffalo into nine Council districts for the election of Common Council Members.
Pursuant to City of Buffalo Charter requirements, in the year following each United States Decennial Census, the Common Council is required to empanel a Citizens Advisory Commission on Reapportionment to develop and recommend a plan for determining the number of Council districts and for dividing the City into districts for the election of Common Council Members, a process commonly known as “redistricting” or ”reapportionment.” The Council is required by law to adopt a plan and forward it to the Mayor by July 30 of the year following the Decennial Census.
The Redistricting Plan, as amended an adopted today by the Council, takes into consideration shifts in the City’s population and is focused on ensuring an equal voice in City government for all Buffalo residents.
This reapportionment process began earlier this year and included the creation of the Citizens Advisory Commission on Reapportionment; numerous public meetings; and two public hearings on reapportionment to provide residents with an opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns regarding the redrawing of Council district boundaries.
Fillmore District Council Member and Common Council President David A. Franczyk said “With this process I believe that we’ve created a map that is fair, complies with the law, and as much as possible, keeps communities together. It was a difficult process but with the assistance of the Citizens Advisory Commission on Reapportionment, the Council was able to redraw district lines in the best interest of residents.”
Lovejoy District Council Member and Common Council Majority Leader Richard A. Fontana said “All nine Council Members worked to amend the Citizens Advisory Commission on Reapportionment’s map in a way that kept neighborhoods together for the vast majority of the City of Buffalo and adjusted the population numbers to coincide with United States Census figures.”
Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen said “I am very proud that my colleagues and I were able to work together for what was best for the citizens of Buffalo based on the current United State Census. We tried our best to keep communities together, respect what citizens asked us to do, and redraw lines to create a better City of Buffalo.”
The Amended Redistricting Plan adopted by the Common Council will now be forwarded to the Mayor as a prerequisite to its transmittal to the Erie County Board of Elections.
For further information regarding the Amended Redistricting Plan adopted by the City of Buffalo Common Council, please contact your respective District Common Council Member as shown below or the Common Council Legislative Staff Office at 851-5105.
A copy of the Common Council’s Amended Redistricting Plan is available on the City of Buffalo website by accessing the Reapportionment portal.