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Do You Know Your Legislative District?

February 27th, 2013 No comments

WeThePeopleChances are if you haven’t voted recently, you may not be able to answer this question so quickly.  In addition, legislative districts are subject to change based on the decennial census.  With the 2010 Census, the U.S. Congressional Districts as well as the New York State (NYS) Senate and Assembly Districts were re-defined—based on population.

There’s an excellent explanation about the NYS legislature and its origins on the NYS Assembly’s Kids’ Page.

Below are a few of the changes effective 1/1/2013 from the 2010 Census re-districting:


  • Part of White Plains was in District 88 but now all of White Plains is in District 93
  • All of New Rochelle is now in District 88; part is no longer in District 91
  • District 92 – no changes
  • North Salem moved from District 99 and is now in District 93
  • District 99 is now District #94 and no longer includes North Salem, which moved to District 93
  • District 87 remains the same but is now District #89
  • District 93 remains the same but is now District #90
  • District 90 remains the same but is now District #95


  • Mount Pleasant & Branch moved from District 35 to District 40
  • New Rochelle Main Library moved from District 37 to District 35
  • Scarsdale & White Plains moved from District 37 to District 35
  • District 36 – no changes
  • Briarcliff Manor & Ossining moved from District 37 to District 38
  • Chappaqua moved from District 37 to District 40
  • Bedford Hills, Bedford Village & Katonah moved from District 40 to District 37
  • Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, parts of Yonkers moved from District 34 to District 37

If this is all too confusing, there is a great website that compares the old districts and the new districts; and you can enter your street address and quickly find out your district number.

As a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” [Gettysburg Address], it’s important to know who represents you.  If you don’t, find out today!



Understanding the Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal

January 9th, 2013 No comments


Before the New Year, the White House and the Senate finalized the details of the deal that would help Americans avoid the Fiscal Cliff. The Fiscal Cliff is essentially the sharp decline in the budget deficit that could have occurred beginning in 2013 due to increased taxes and reduced spending as required by previously enacted laws.

There is a lot of misinformation about the Fiscal Cliff tax deal, so we decided to provide you with some of the highlights:

  • Families with incomes above $450,000 a year and individuals above $400,000 will see their tax rates permanently rise to a Clinton-era top rate of 39.6% from 35%. All income below those levels will be permanently taxed at the current Bush-era levels, although tax deductions and credits would start phasing out on incomes as low at $250,000 a year.
  • The Alternative Minimum Tax will be permanently patched to avoid raising taxes on the middle-class.
  •  The estate tax will be pegged at 40% for individuals above the $400,000 threshold, with a $5 million exemption, and couple above $450,000 with a $10 million exemption. Those thresholds will be indexed to inflation, as a concession to Republicans and some Democrats in rural areas.
  • A full package of temporary business tax breaks — benefiting everything from R&D and wind energy to race-car track owners — will be extended for another year, as will tax credits for low-income working families.
  • Federal unemployment insurance will be extended for another year, benefitting those unemployed for longer than 26 weeks.

For additional information about how this deal with impact you, please visit these articles by The Washington Post, The Fiscal Times, and MSNBC.