The forgotten borough
For those who live in the oft-neglected, regularly underserved borough of the Bronx, The New York Times’ error in identifying the confines of the district for which it endorsed Clyde Williams for Congress on Saturday was more than just a mistake.
We took it personally.
The Times identified the newly redrawn district as covering (in caps) NORTHERN MANHATTAN, MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, HARLEM, FORT GEORGE, PLUS PARTS OF THE SOUTH BRONX.
Wrong. In fact, Congressional District 13 covers parts of the Northwest Bronx, namely the neighborhoods of Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood, Bedford Park and University Heights. It also includes Marble Hill (technically in Manhattan).
With the bold heading “Primary Day Is June 26,” the editorial tells readers not only to get out and vote but also which races apply to them and who they should vote for.
The Riverdale Press does not endorse candidates for elected office. But we respect the effort to inform the public about an unusually timed election in a recently redrawn district.
Even our most informed readers may still be parsing where exactly the lines have been drawn: Will they be voting in the two-way race involving longtime incumbent Eliot Engel or the five-way race in which challengers will try to unseat Charles Rangel?
We have tried to answer voters’ questions.
Other Bronx news outlets have been partners in this effort. Just last week, we teamed up with the Norwood News and “BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank” to air a debate between candidates for the 13th Congressional District on BronxNet.
Others, like us, have proudly advocated for our borough, but even our best efforts can’t match the mighty forces that conspire to ignore us.
Our uphill struggle could be likened to what happened to the borough during redistricting, when the Bronx was sprinkled into three districts that include Manhattan, Queens and Westchester rather than receiving two Bronx representatives for the borough’s 1.4 million people.