FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Council of the City of New York
Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22

June 27, 2019
Contact: Terence Cullen
718-274-4500

Astoria, NY – Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22, issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision to block the citizenship question from the 2020 sentence as well as its ruling on gerrymandering:

“While
I’m relieved to see the Supreme Court block the Trump administration from
adding the citizenship question to next year’s census, this should have never
been an issue in the first place. The Commerce Department used weakly veiled
reasoning for this administration’s anti-immigrant attempts to weaken diverse
communities like those of western Queens. Attorney General Letitia James
deserves special praise for fighting on behalf of all New Yorkers in this case.
I also want to thank Speaker Corey Johnson for securing $40 million for census
outreach in the recently passed City budget, which takes effect next week. I
encourage everyone to fill out the census to ensure we get the funds,
representation, and services we deserve.

I am profoundly disappointed, however, that the court also placed partisan gerrymandering beyond the reach of the federal courts. In a healthy democracy voters are supposed to pick their politicians, not the other way around. Although I am glad that New York has taken some steps to rein in the worst excesses, such as prison gerrymandering, there is so much more we must accomplish. I will be working closely with our local senators, Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris and Jessica Ramos, to ensure that every voice, and every voter, is heard.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on three additional committees: Sanitation, Resiliency, and Technology. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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