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Community Leaders Push For Latino Congressional District

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New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (file/credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (file/credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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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…

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