Ossining Trustee Criticises Former Mayor's Redistricting Comments

Village of Ossining Trustee John Codman is responding to former Ossining Mayor Miguel Hernandez' take on Senate redistricting.

What can he be thinking?

It was with some disappointment that I read our former Mayor Miguel Hernandez’s comments. With all due respect, I disagree with many of his points. It is all well and nice to armchair quarterback the events of the last month and wax philosophically, but the truth is, the issue of re-districting and way it is done here in New York is shameful. It’s like something out of the Boss Tweed era in which elected officials protect their own turf at the expense of voter’s rights and proper apportionment of voting districts with respect to geography and constituents. The recently passed scheme to change the redistricting process is really no better, and the outrage by many here in Ossining and across the state should be emotional and it is more than justified. It is truly outrageous and really tells me that nothing has changed in Albany. We are now in a 10 year shotgun marriage with our distant cousins across the river. Our new Senator, who I am sure is a perfectly nice man, has no real connection and understanding of and we will have to work with him and educate him as to our unique issues. The notion that our common issues will somehow bring us close together as a district is a bit naïve, because, as the former Mayor must surely know, the devil is in the details, not some general common association that would somehow make this more palatable. Ossining Village and Town government will now have to spend many hours and time educating our new representative getting him up to speed as we compete with the interests of the constituency that our new Senator has spent years to cultivate. The fact is, our Mayor Hanauer has had a number of constructive conversations with our soon to be Senator Carlucci. We are already in the process of exchanging information. It is regretful that this change has been thrust upon us, and for the next 10 years we can hopefully make lemonade out of a lemon.



John Codman March 16, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Mayor Hernandez, Thank you for sharing the fine qualifications of our New State Senator from Rockland County. We can only hope that he will use those fine qualities on behalf of the citizens of Ossining and Briarcliff. You’ll pardon me for being skeptical but the proof will be in the pudding and the Honorable Mr. Carlucci will have to address and champion our causes here before I am completely satisfied. I am certainly more than willing to give him a chance. As to my comment on your Naiveté, there was nothing personal about it; I found your characterization of our emotional opposition to redistricting as inappropriately dismissive. Perhaps I should feel personally offended. Criticizing what is clearly bad policy and bad government is part of our rights to free speech and part of our political discourse. You seem to feel that we should surrender to this “fait de complete” and go on our way without a whimper. Just because you viewed our opposition as having no chance of success doesn’t mean we should not express our ideas. That is the beauty of a free society.
Chris Clement March 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
John Codman's OPINION story was well written, intelligent and respectful. Many politicians have previously said they were against re-districting (Ossining's present mayor and Assemblywoman Galef and Town Councilman Tripodi), and now there's Mr. Codman to add to the list. Doesn't make sent to put Ossining Town, that's in Westchester County, into Rockland County. Hernandez sounds quite disgruntled. Why? It's never helpful to burn bridges of your (former) colleagues.
Penny Markowitz-Moses March 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
John, both your original comments and your reply are well stated. Am in total agreement with you. Miguel's comments are (IMHO) out of line regarding the representation of Ossining.
Miguel Hernandez March 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Trustee Codman: I am glad that all we are saying is give Mr. Carlucci a chance. :-) A court challenge to the redistricting may be the way to go to redress the issue. We in Ossining would ultimately have to prove that we have had our rights to representaion damaged or lessened in some way,
Francis T McVetty March 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Anyone with any sense, after looking at the map would say WHY? It is plain stupid. Look at the map again. What was the logic in this?


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