City to get help analyzing census data – Daily Freeman
KINGSTON, NY — An outside consultant will help the city analyze census data and other requirements as part of a municipal redistricting process to determine if the boundaries of individual Kingston wards need to be redrawn.
At a meeting on Tuesday, city council unanimously passed a resolution to transfer $6,000 to the city attorney’s budget to pay for the consultants. The money will come from the City’s provident fund.
The resolution passed without further public discussion among the aldermen.
City Corporation lawyer Barbara Graves-Poller previously told aldermen that Kingston must go through a municipal redistricting process every 10 years. She said the process is based on federal census data, but must also take into account recent legislative changes to protect the right to vote, among other things.
At his suggestion, the city is to work with Professor Jeffrey Wice and other expert consultants affiliated with the New York Census and Redistricting Institute at New York Law School and the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz. These experts would provide legal advice to the council on redistricting requirements and potential litigation issues, as well as analyze census data and other documents to provide recommendations on revising the boundaries of the city’s nine wards, if necessary.
Graves-Poller said the city must complete its redistricting process and adopt a new map through local law before the 2023 primary election.