Christine Quinn is also a fan of a new proposed Latino congressional district.
Yesterday, we reported on the growing support for a new majority Latino congressional district in New York City that would include parts of Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. Among the increasing number of pols who have been speaking out about it are Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu, both likely 2013 mayoral candidates. (We’re going to hazard a guess that this probably is not on Liu’s mind right now, though).
Today, the office of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, another mayoral hopeful, alerted Runnin’ Scared to her statement on the matter.
Guess what? She supports it, too.
“I support the creation of a third Congressional District to ensure our growing Latino community is appropriately represented in Washington. Over the past decade, the number of Latino New Yorkers grew by 8.1 percent, reaching over 2.3 million in 2010. Latinos now account for 28.6 percent of the city’s population. The creation of this new congressional district is the best way to ensure the diverse voting interests of New York City are represented in Congress,” she said in the statement.
Endorsing this district (which, by the way, is dependent upon all the craziness going on during the Albany redistricting process) is seen as a way to court the Latino vote.
Meanwhile, Mayor Mike Bloomberg apparently expressed sympathy for the cause yesterday, too.