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Redistricting Overview on Scarsdale Forum Agenda

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Redistricting and its impact on Scarsdale will be one of the topics on the agenda when the Scarsdale Forum holds its membership meeting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Scott Room of the Scarsdale Library.

A reception honoring the members of the 2011 Procedure Committee and the 2012 Citizens Nominating Committee begins at 7:30 p.m.

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York , will address the recent statewide redistricting, its impact on Scarsdale and proposed nonpartisan initiatives in her talk, "Where do We Draw the Line?" in the second half of the program, according to the forum.

Scarsdale has been moved into the 16th Congressional District, represented by Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) along with Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and the City of Rye. In the Bronx, it will pick up Co-Op City, the nation's largest housing complex.

The village is currently part of the 18th District with Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Ossining, the Town of Pelham, Scarsdale, Tarrytown, White Plains as well as most of New City and Yonkers, represented by Democrat Nita Lowey (D-Harrison).

In the state Senate, Scarsdale moves from the 37th District, represented by retiring Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) into the 35th District, represented by Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). Scarsdale was untouched by redistricting in the General Assembly.

Following the business portion of the membership meeting, New York State Assembly member Amy R. Paulin (D-Scarsdale), will offer her views on the State of the State, the forum said.

A question and answer period will follow each presentation.

Lerner joined Common Cause in December 2007 and is responsible for setting priorities, strategizing, lobbying, serving as a spokesperson, fund-raising and leading the team for the New York Chapter, the forum said. She was executive director for the California Clean Money Campaign from 2003 to 2007 and, as a member of the New York and California bars, was a litigator for almost 20 years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law.

Paulin has served the 88th New York State Assembly District (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) since 2001, the forum said. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, and serves on the Committees on Education, Higher Education and Health.

Paulin was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and holds a master's degree and has completed doctoral course work in criminal justice from SUNY Albany, the forum said. For more than 30 years, she and her husband, Ira Schuman, have lived in Scarsdale where they raised their children Beth, Sarah and Joey.

The Scarsdale Forum is a 107-year-old civic organization dedicated to improving life in Scarsdale.

For program and membership information, visit (www.ScarsdaleForum.com), email (office@scarsdaleforum.com) or call (914-723-2829).

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