The Reapportionment Commission is appointed on a as-needed basis by the
Albany Common Council to review the City's Ward boundaries for
appropriate representation, per updates from the Federal Decennial Census
surveys. When the Commission is in session, they oversee the process to
redraft Ward boundaries and to make recommendations to the Common
Council. In order to accommodate population changes and demographic
shifts reported in current Census surveys, the Commission strives to
maximize the legal principle of "one person, one vote, consistent with
the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and subsequent case laws.
Commission also has a responsibility to maximize public participation
in the process of redistricting in Albany, and to ensure that the Ward
maps best represent protected groups and community of interests within
the City. The Commission obtains public input on representation and
boundary adjustments through public meetings, hearings and other
community outreach. Finalized Ward boundaries are presented to the
Common Council for adoption.
The most recent Reapportionment Commission was appointed in 2011 to review the 2010 Census data.
2011 Census Commission Members
The Reapportionment Commission is selected and appointed by the Common Council. Qualified appointees are residents of the City. The member's term expires upon submission of a redistricting plan to the Common Council.
Vicente Alfonso, Chair
Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Vice-Chair
Elaine M. Frazier
Joseph F. Stellato
Denia Van Houter
Nala Woodard, City Clerk
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207