U.S. Approves Plan to Redraw NYC Council Districts

NEW YORK (AP) -

Federal officials have approved a plan to redraw New York City’s 51 City Council districts.

Executive Director Carl Hum of the Districting Commission announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice approved the redistricting plan on Monday. The plan required federal approval to ensure sufficient minority representation.

The new City Council district lines will go into effect for elections later this year, beginning with the primaries in September.

Hum said the district lines were redrawn after three rounds of public hearings with more than 1,750 people in attendance.

He said the commission also received 1,500 comments from people who submitted statements.

In addition, commission staff members spoke to more than 50 community groups throughout the five boroughs.