Clarkstown holds controversial public hearing over proposed redistricting plan

The proposal would put Republican Frank Borelli and Democrat Patrick Carroll in the same district - meaning the two would have to run for the same seat.

Jonathan Gordon

Feb 8, 2023, 3:20 AM

Updated 473 days ago

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The Clarkstown Town Board held a controversial public hearing on Tuesday night regarding a proposed redistricting plan that has some council members outraged.
The proposal would put Republican Frank Borelli and Democrat Patrick Carroll in the same district - meaning the two would have to run for the same seat.
The pair believes this is political retaliation after they voted against Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann's push to eliminate term limits for elected officials.
Hoehmann has defended the map as what's best for the town by centralizing neighborhoods.
Last month, the board voted 3-2 to repeal the term limit law with Borelli and Carroll voting against it. Whether or not that vote holds up is now in the hands of a judge.
The law appears to require a supermajority of four votes to be repealed, but Hoehmann has sued the town claiming the law itself is illegal because residents never had a chance to vote on it as a referendum and the supermajority requirement is unconstitutional.
Candidates can begin collecting signatures to get on the ballot for this year's election on Feb. 28. Neither Hoehmann nor Borelli could run again if a judge upholds the law.
A town-hired redistricting consultant has also proposed three other maps that all remain off the table for now.  


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