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ReShapeNY is a nonpartisan coalition of 30 good-government groups working for redistricting reform in New York. Their goal is a fair and independent process to draw state legislature and congressional district maps. The group was announced during simultaneous press conferences in Albany and New York City on March 14, 2011.[1]


ReShapeNY's platform is threefold, consisting of the following:[2]

  • Creation of a new citizens redistricting commission that is independent, representative, politically balanced, and fairly chosen to draw congressional and legislative district lines that do not favor or oppose any incumbent or political party and uses even-handed and sensible redistricting guidelines and criteria that provide for fair and effective representation of all New Yorkers, including racial and language minority groups, and other communities of interest.
  • Full and adequate disclosure of data and provides opportunities for meaningful public input on redistricting proceedings.
  • Preservation and creation of an effective mechanism for legislative approval of the independent citizens redistricting commission’s plan. We call upon the New York State Legislature and the Governor to adopt an approach and pass legislation that embraces these core principles in the drawing of these lines for the 2012 election.



ReShapeNY has nine co-chairs:[3]

  • Robert Abrams - Former New York State Attorney General.
  • John Avlon - Senior political columnist for The Daily Beast, Newsweek, CNN contributor, author.
  • Gerald Benjamin - Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz.
  • Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III - Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, and President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.
  • Harry Wilson - 2010 candidate for State Comptroller
  • Edward I. Koch - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Grace Lyu-Volckhausen - President of Tiger Baron Foundation.
  • Lillian Rodriguez Lopez - President of the Hispanic Foundation.
  • Frank Padavan - Former state senator, represented district 11 from 1972 to 2010.


Leaders of ReShapeNY:[4]

  • Citizens Union of the City of New York
  • League of Women Voters of New York State
  • New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

Steering Committee

  • Association for a Better New York (ABNY)
  • Bedford Mosholu Community Association
  • Common Cause/NY
  • Citizen Action of New York
  • Citizens Committee for NYC
  • Citizens for a Better New York
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) NYC
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • New York Uprising
  • Public Employees Federation
  • Regional Plan Association
  • Queens Civic Congress
  • Reinvent Albany
  • Women's City Club of New York (WCC)

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