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New York - 10th District

Incumbent -- Edolphus Towns (D) ; Will retire at end of current term (announced April 16, 2012)

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 boomerang-shaped 10th begins just inland of Brooklyn's industrial waterfront in Downtown Brooklyn and heads east, bounding back southwest after reaching the Queens border. The overwhelmingly Democratic district contains New York City's highest percentage of black residents.

In south-central Brooklyn, the 10th scoops up a chunk west of Flatbush Avenue that includes part of Midwood. East of this area, the 10th takes in Georgetown and Canarsie, bordering Jamaica Bay. Canarsie's racial composition has changed dramatically, as neighborhoods that were once largely white now host many blacks of Caribbean descent and African-American families who moved in from other neighborhoods. Many families here are solidly middle-class, an exception for most of the 10th. In the elbow of the boomerang is East New York, home to the Gateway Center, a large suburban-style retail project that spurred affordable housing in the area.

Farther north and west, the 10th includes Bedford-Stuyvesant. Once beset by crime and poverty, the neighborhood is experiencing ongoing revitalization as "Bed-Stuy" natives work to aid the rebirth while minimizing displacement of residents. In its northwestern corner, the district takes in Fort Greene and part of Williamsburg.

The 10th's declining manufacturing base has caused unemployment, and a landmark Pfizer plant closed in 2008. Government jobs in Downtown Brooklyn and education jobs at the 10th's colleges -- such as Brooklyn College, Long Island University-Brooklyn and New York City College of Technology -- aid the economy.

GOP candidates have found some pockets of support from Jewish voters in Williamsburg, but they pale in comparison with the overwhelming Democratic voting patterns of the rest of the 10th. Barack Obama was able to secure 91 percent of the district's presidential vote in 2008.

Major Industry

Government, higher education, small business, retail


New York (pt.), 677,721


The Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing" was set in Bedford-Stuyvesant.




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