By Eugenia Moskowitz
The ward district map, prepared by the office of SUNY New Paltz state law professor Gerald Benjamin hired by the Town of Blooming Grove, was unanimously approved on Dec. 22 by the Ward Oversight Committee by a vote of 5-0.
Two of the committee’s seven members, Deputy Supervisor Johanna Kiernan and Councilmember Mark Levy, were absent.
Both Washingtonville and South Blooming Grove’s village boundary lines were honored with Ward 4 representing South Blooming Grove and Wards 1 and 2 representing Washingtonville. Sectioning was predictable, according to board members, based on populations and neighborhoods, with the more sparsely-populated areas encompassed by wards with a larger square mileage.
Levy said he fully expects the map to pass the board vote and that the population numbers are accurate, with the census tallies and the number of registered voters so comparably close as to be virtually inconsequential.
“With all of the hard work and input by the public and experts, I can’t imagine any board members voting against the map that we all agreed on, and what is clearly the will of nearly 80 percent of the people,” Dorine Sas, a village of South Blooming Grove trustee and that village’s representative on the Ward Oversight Committee, said.
To read the full article see the Friday, Dec. 30 edition of the Orange County Post.