Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn have been a part of the same congressional district since the 1982 election — 18 years after the Verrazano Bridge opened, connecting the two physically and, to some extent, spiritually.
New York’s 11th Congressional District is seen as politically conservative. In 2015, it elected Republican Congressman Dan Donovan, former district attorney of Staten Island.
For most of the 20th century, the Staten Island congressional district was attached to Lower Manhattan. The 11th now represents all of Staten Island, most of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, as well as parts of Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Sheepshead Bay—in all (724,434 residents, as of the 2010 census). Approximately 65 percent of the district’s residents live on the Island.
The district will be redrawn for the 2022 elections, following the 2020 census.