Essay On The Fifth District

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Out of all 27 congressional districts in New York I chose the fifth congressional district of New York. For ten years, from 2003 to 2013, the fifth district included less of the northwestern Nassau County, and a lot of northeastern Queens County. The Queens section of the district consisted of the areas of: Flushing, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, Bayside, Corona, Douglaston, and Whitestone. The Nassau portion of the district included: Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, Albertson, Great Neck, and Sands Point. Since January 3rd, 2013 the district now consists of the Queens neighborhoods of Laurelton, Queens Village, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, and parts of…show more content…
In 2012, Democratic U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman of New York’s fifth congressional district announced his retirement and would not seek re-election in November of that year. Incumbent Gregory Meeks ran for the open seat and was elected with 74.8% of the vote. He has been reelected two more times (2014-2016 elections) since then. This past election in 2016, Meeks was up against Republican candidate Michael O'Reilly, but Meeks was re-elected with 85.5% of the vote. It is very clearly shown by certain controversial topics that Gregory Meeks is a liberal or has liberal idealism. For example, Representative Meeks is pro-choice, generally supports gun-law legislation, and supports same-sex marriage. Gregory Meeks interest group ratings include the following: ADA (Americans for Democratic Action) (2006, Liberal) is 90%, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) (2011-2012, Liberal) is 84%, ACU (American Conservative Union) (2010, conservative) 0%, FDR (Family Research Council) (2013, conservative) is 0%, and the CC (Christian Coalition) (2014, conservative) is 0%. We can see from political issues and from both conservative and liberal interest groups that Gregory Meeks definitely has liberal ideology. New York and its Senior Senator As of 2016 the New York population is around 20 million people, but the voting population is around 2.1 million people. Since 1960 the majority of New York’s votes went to the democratic-party, only 3 of

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