Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Assemblyman Keith Wright sets the record straight

"Marisol Alcantara Vs. Keith Wright" Post


I just had a chance to look at your blog post about the rumored engineering of the 70th Assembly District to purposefully exclude Marisol Alcantara. First off, it is not true. If you had called the me
for comment, I would have told you that. After the proposed lines designed by the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) were made public, I also realized that District Leader Alcantara was placed outside of the district which, as you correctly noted, would create some problems. In light of this, I spoke with Assemblyman Jack McEneny, the head of LATFOR, and told him of the issue and urged him to draw Ms. Alcantara back into the district. This conversation took place more than a week ago and was indeed relayed back to Ms. Alcantara herself at that time.

Due to population losses of approximately 17,000 residents in the 72nd District and 10,000 residents in the 71st District and a gain ofapproximately 24,000 residents in my 70th Assembly District, all of the uptown districts were forced to shift south in order to create the legally required parity in district population. This was the only reason that Ms. Alcantara was removed from the 70th District in the current lines. It was not due to any malfeasance or political engineering,only a shift in the population and I am hopeful that this issue will be ultimately resolved.

Additionally, I never promised nor blocked access to the West Harlem Independent Democratic Clubhouse, as it is not my right. Any suggestion otherwise is erroneous, untrue and compete fiction. The clubhouse is not public property, the lease is privately held by April Tyler. Until Ms. Tyler chooses to give up the lease, she is in control of the property, as is her right by law.

Next time you decide to pursue a story about my perceived actions, I would hope to have the pleasure of at least speaking with you before they are published. I have long respected your journalistic integrity and have always made myself available to you for comment and to be honest, I hope to continue to do so in the future!

Thank you for your time and attention to my response.

Assemblyman Keith Wright