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The revised ward map for Jersey City would'move' SciTech Scity, Liberty State Park, and Bayfront

The revised ward map for Jersey City would'move' SciTech Scity, Liberty State Park, and Bayfront

A draft of the proposed new Ward Map for Jersey City would enable some major developments from the Bayfront project and SciTech Scity to exist.

The Ward Commission is tasked with redrawing the city's six wards to make their population a little less comparable, according to the findings. This is done every 10 years since the most recent Census figures were released.

The Ward Commission is composed of five members of the Hudson County Board of Elections, including Mayor Sean Gallagher, and District Attorney John Minella.

If the new map is approved, the city's West Side, Greenville, and Bergen-Lafayette areas will see some of the largest changes.

In Ward A, the 100-acre Bayfront, which will include 8,100 residential units, would become part of Ward B. Liberty State Park and SciTech Scity, a 30-acre facility currently being developed by the city and the Liberty Science Center, both in Ward F.

The purpose of the meeting is to establish new ward boundaries in the city, according to the 2020 Census. Several people are concerned about the proposed boundaries, including the new Ward F Councilman Frank Gilmore.

Gilmore said he is concerned about how the meeting was organized and what kind of oversight was involved in the process. He said the city council did not know that the wards would be drawn.

Gilmore said, I just discovered the meeting and I am now a council member, and said: What jumps out at my eyes when looking at the map is you pretty much carved out a whole top district of Ward F and then a bottom district.

The whole new development that was slated for Liberty State Park, i.e. SciTech Scity, the issue of privatization of (Liberty State Park), first, that was in Ward F and then now all of a sudden it is in Ward A. It is just concerned, said Bree.

James Solomon, a Councilman for Ward E (Downtown) in an Instagram post, said he will continue to help those who might be moved into a new ward.

Solomon said that I will work with the new councilperson and together work through all existing problems. You can continue to reach out to me on future issues and I will collaborate with the new councilperson to resolve them.

The population in Ward E has increased from 46,000 to 70,000 residents over the last decade, and even though other wards did not shrink, the Downtown ward has to become smaller.

Michael Harper, a board of directors in Hudson County View, has been asked for comment. Harper told the board of directors that the ward commission will vote on the new map until January 16th.

Were looking to reduce the deviation, but were looking to decrease the deviation," Harper told HCV. Rewarding is not a rewarding process, but rather a rewarding process.

Former councilman Chris Gadsden and former congressional candidate Hector Oseguera are in jeopardy about the guidelines behind the commissioners' decisions in redrawing the map.

Oseguera, a prominent voice in Hudson County's progressive movement, wants to know if the people, especially committee members, who ran for elected positions will have to run again if they no longer live in the ward.

Its unfortunate that itll be lifted on people without much input from the community particularly because it is going to cause these kinds of questions and concerns, Oseguera said. It certainly does seem like they are trying in some way dilute the effect that we had. We are making strides and then they sort of change the map on us to put us in a disadvantageous position.

Gadsden said it looks as if Ward A and F have been gerrymandered into the Black wards.

"It seems like a developer carved the map," Gadsden, the Lincoln High School prinicpal, and a prominent voice in the Black community, said. "We are going to ask a lot of questions (Friday) night."

According to city officials, the proposed map maintains the lowest deviation from the previous 2010 map, with only a 1.8% variation in ethnic makeup throughout the wards.

The ward map of Jersey City has been created and based on the 2010 Census.EJA

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