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Congressman Gary Ackerman just issued a statement on a federal judge's proposed congressional maps -- which would place him in a primary against Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills). Ackerman says instead of a primary, he'd run in the new 6th congressional district in Queens.
Below is the statement:
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced this morning that, should the lines drawn by U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann become final, he intends to run for re-election in the new Sixth Congressional District in Queens.
“The new Sixth CD is a fantastic district in Queens where I grew up, went to public school and college, and started my family and my business,” said Ackerman. “It contains my political base and longtime roots, and I have had the privilege of representing approximately 90% of it during my 34 years in the State Senate and U.S. Congress. Throughout this time, I have been honored to win the overwhelming support of the people Rita and I grew up with, and the people our children grew up with, and the wonderful people who reside in these great and diverse communities. I look forward to continuing to fight for them in Congress for many more years to come."
Ackerman noted that, while the new district lines are subject to change and further action, he is gratified and enheartened by the amount of support he has already received from community leaders and others even at this early stage.
The new Sixth Congressional District stretches from central Queens to northern and eastern parts of the borough. It includes neighborhoods such as Flushing, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Elmhurst, Briarwood and Pomonok (where Ackerman was raised), among others.