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New York - 6th District

Incumbent -- Gregory W. Meeks (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The black-plurality, mostly middle-class 6th is economically focused around John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jamaica Bay in southeastern Queens. It is the only district wholly within the 2.2 million-resident borough of Queens.

The 6th is bound roughly by Cross Bay Boulevard to the west, Grand Central Parkway to the north and the Nassau County line to the east. South of the airport, across Jamaica Bay, the 6th takes in part of Rockaway, including Edgemere and Far Rockaway. Included in the 6th's boundaries are St. John's University, located in the far north, and Aqueduct Racetrack, in the far west.

More than a generation ago, communities such as Springfield Gardens and St. Albans were settled by an Irish and Italian Catholic middle class. After years of immigration, the demographics here have completely changed one of the nation's most economically sound black-majority districts into a highly diverse mix of overlapping Hispanic, Caribbean, Asian and African-American communities. JFK Airport, the 6th's largest employer, provides a steady job base and is New York City's busiest and largest airport as well as the top international arrivals gateway into the United States. Airport-based jobs, complemented by employment in health care, municipal government and residential construction, give the 6th a strong union constituency. But residents here have to endure the longest average travel time to work -- 46 minutes -- of any district's workforce in the nation.

With sizable minority communities, the district is overwhelmingly Democratic -- registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 10-to-1 in the 6th. Barack Obama won 89 percent of the district's presidential vote in 2008.

Major Industry

Airport, health care, education

Cities

New York (pt.), 651,764

Notable

On Feb. 7, 1964, what would become known as "Beatlemania" began at JFK Airport as the Beatles held their first U.S. press conference; King Park in Jamaica was the farm of Rufus King, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and later a Federalist senator from New York.

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