Community Leaders Push For Latino Congressional District

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Community leaders are demanding the creation of a congressional district in New York that would represent the city’s Latino community.

They plan on holding a demonstration on Sunday afternoon that will begin at 207th and Broadway and finish at Devoe Park in the Bronx.

1010 WINS Reporter Gary Baumgarten reports…

On Friday public advocate Bill de Blasio asked lawmakers to create a “third Latino district.”

“Our State Legislature has the historic opportunity to create a third Congressional District to affirm the right of the growing Latino community to elect the candidates of its choice… creating a third Latino congressional district here would reaffirm our city’s commitment to the American principles of openness, diversity and civic participation.”

Experts say that State Senator Adriano Espaillat would be a likely candidate for the Latino district.

The district would likely be centered in Washington Heights where Congressman Charlie Rangel currently serves.

What do you think: Does New York need a distinctly Latino district? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Eduardo Rey

    I live in this district and I believe that one of the few people who would be worse than Charlie Rangel as a Congressman is Adriano Espaillat. Who cares if you are black, white, or latino, Catholic, Protestant or Jewish, or any other designation – why should ANY group be afforded special consideration in drawing up election districts? Seems anti-American to me. These “special interest” groupings lead to nothing more than corruption and more corruption.

  • The Facts

    Tribal politics at its best brought to you by New York’s liberal politicians. What a joke!

  • M.A.D

    I am Hispanic and I think that the creation of a district to represent the Hispanic Community is truly
    ridiculous. The creation of such nonsense will only bring the creation of other so-called districts.
    Electors should concentrate on the Community that they are representing as a whole and not make it
    into an ethnic war.

  • chuck steaks

    how bout u spanglers git wit da program an become amerikans firss!!u peoples are wurss dan das sandiks in detroit/chikago. we wns to be a nation onsa our own. du for da indasins firss.

    • dakotahgeo

      As an American, you make me ashamed to be a citizen. Every Hispanic/Latino citizen is 10 x better than the likes of you. To the gulag, you POS!!!

  • dakotahgeo

    I heartily endorse a Latino District for our Latino/Hispanic citizens in the USA!!! Well deserved and about time. Prove that our strengths are equality and diversity!!!
    A VERY strong WASP USA citizen! All other dissenters go move to the slums!
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain!!

  • Ken

    De Blasio is a blazing hispanderer.What about a white district?

  • enough already

    how about no! learn english act like an american and stop segregating yourselves from the country you invaded.

    • Ken

      Excellent! Except for your spelling.

  • Polly Tician

    How about a special district for left-handed redheads named Beulah?

    • Ken

      Give the hispanderers great sarcasm like that! I love it!

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