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He’s rationalized his retreat in increments, from his warning that a court-run redrawing of the lines would result in “chaos,” to the subjective conditions he laid out for an acceptable gerrymander, to his uncharacteristic claim of powerlessness, to his criticism of an independent judge’s congressional map, to his lightly supported characterization of the latest gerrymandered legislative draft-map as “progress” from the previous gerrymandered version.
“I hope the legislators who vote for it are thrown out of office,” Koch told me this morning. “I’m against doing what they’re doing, which is to allow the old fashioned gerrymandering this year with the carrot that 10 years from now they will have a constitutional amendment.”
For declared proponents of redistricting reform, that’s the only practical question left at this point. And it has turned out to be a divisive one.
The former New York City mayor has been urging legislators not to accept a compromise whereby they would agree to a permanent change to the traditionally partisan redistricting process in the future in exchange for voting for this year’s maps drawn the old way, under the control of legislative leaders.
Colin Campbell collects some quotes from Cuomo showing how his position appears to have softened on the prospect of vetoing whatever district lines resulted from the legislature’s current redistricting process.
“I’m dying to see how they vote for the other house’s lines at the same time that they’re so critical and outraged, but I’m sure they’ll figure that out conveniently,” Cuomo said on Fred Dicker’s show this morning.
But Democrats in the Assembly, who hold an overwhelming majority in that chamber, haven’t generally shared their colleagues’ outrage. This apparently includes some Democratic assemblymembers who have previously been vigorous advocates of reforming the redistricting process.
Mann was appointed yesterday after a three-judge panel denied a request from state lawmakers to dismiss a challenge to their proposed new district lines, which was filed by voters in Brooklyn.
Unnamed Cuomo aides told Ken Lovett that no deal has been reached with lawmakers that would entail him not vetoing their lines, and that he would veto the district lines they’ve drawn.
That’s because the test has to do with redistricting reform, which is actually a substantive and important part of Fixing Albany (which everyone claims to want to do), but which is actually too esoteric and process-based for most voters to care a great deal about.
Assemblyman Jack McEneny, who represents parts of Albany, said he would have liked to see public hearings throughout the state on New York’s congressional districts, and blamed a federal judge for moving New York’s congressional primary election from September to June.
Senate Republicans, who are currently holding on to a thin majority despite a massive disadvantage in voter registration, have dangled the possibility of a constitutional amendment as a possible compromise, in exchange for a degree of latitude in this year’s process.