Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that he would veto politically warped and self-serving election maps. If he does not veto a shameful and cynical compromise being offered this week by legislative leaders in both parties, New Yorkers will be stuck with gerrymandered districts and Albany’s status quo for another decade.
Archive for March 13th, 2012
With the state budget due in less than three weeks, this is perhaps the busiest time of year in Albany, second only to the closing days of the legislative session.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo must keep lawmakers from getting sucked into the budget vortex, exclusively. After all, the critically important matter of drawing new congressional and legislative district lines is still undone, and this year’s elections are just months away.
New York state’s redistricting fiasco continues, and Oneida County is right in the middle of it.
Newly released proposals for state Assembly lines would carve Oneida County into five districts.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente called the maps, crafted by the Assembly and released Tuesday, “unbelievable.”
There’s no deal in sight in Albany regarding new congressional lines for the state — meaning the odds are growing that a court will adopt a judge’s plan that gives the Buffalo area two districts while putting Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, in Republican territory.
Government reform groups are badly fractured over a proposed constitutional amendment poised for passage in the legislature to change the state’s redistricting process. Some say it’s the best deal that can be obtained and will represent some reform. Others say it’s an unacceptable step backwards. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.
New York Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries’s nascent congressional bid in Brooklyn appears back on track after a federal magistrate judge revised her proposal to redraw district lines late Monday night.
A proposal released by Magistrate Roanne Mann last week turned on its head what had been expected to be a competitive three-way Brooklyn Democratic primary by drawing Jeffries — and much of his political base in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — out of the district currently represented by Rep. Edolphus Towns. Charles Barron, a city councilman from Brownsville, is also running.
read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/03/13/redistricting-revision-reverberates-in-brooklyn-harlem/
Rep. Charlie Rangel, the longtime Harlem powerbroker, and Washington Heights pol Adriano Espaillat could vie to represent a chunk of the Bronx on Capitol Hill under the latest redistricting plan out of Albany.
And proposed state Senate and Assembly district maps carve up some Bronx neighborhoods, such as Bedford Park and Morris Park.
Bronx voters left a community forum in Norwood last week bewildered by the convoluted process that draws new legislative district lines every ten years.