Ward boundaries will change due to census data
PATERSON — The boundaries of Paterson’s 1st and 4th wards would shrink, and the 3rd and 5th wards would expand, as election officials prepare to revise the city’s political map based on 2020 census figures.
The proposed changes were made public Monday evening at the first meeting of the Neighborhood Realignment Commission, a group made up of the four members of the Passaic County Board of Elections as well as Paterson City Clerk Sonia Gordon.
Commission consultants Remington and Vernick Engineering said the latest census pushed populations in the current 1st and 4th ward boundaries above the maximum number that allows for an equitable distribution of people among the city’s six wards. .
Meanwhile, the consultants said the census left the 3rd Ward below the minimum population target and the 5th Ward barely above that mark. The consultants presented the commission with two alternatives for revising the boundaries of the Paterson ward.
The commission did not discuss the merits of the two options, but it has scheduled another meeting for Thursday. Council members representing affected neighborhoods said they should review the plans before making public comments about them.
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There are no plans to change the boundaries of the 2nd and 6th wards.
Here is the first alternative:
- Move the 924 people who live in District 10 of the 1st district to the 5th district. It is an area bounded by Market, Straight, Grand, and Main streets, which includes the Passaic County Courthouse and the Center City Mall.
- Move the 745 people who live in six census tracts from District 11 of the 4th Ward to the 3rd Ward. It is an area bounded by Seventh Avenue, East 22nd Street, Ninth Avenue, Putnam Street, and East 15th Street.
The second alternative involves three shifts:
- Move 2,245 people who live in District 11 from the 1st district to the 5th district. This area is bounded by the Passaic River, Spruce Street, Mill Street, Main Street, Prospect Street and Curtis Place. It covers Overlook Park in Great Falls, School 2, and Lou Costello Park.
- Move the 1,667 people who live in District 5 of the 4th Ward to the 3rd Ward. This area is bounded by 12th Avenue, East 28th Street, 14th Avenue, and East 24th Street.
- Move the 490 people who live in three census tracts from District 4 of the 5th Ward to the 3rd Ward. This area is bounded by Park Avenue, East 31st Street, 17th Avenue and East 28th Street.
Joe Malinconico is editor of Paterson Press.
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