The Senate plan hacks the neighborhood out of Republican Joe Robach’s existing 56th District – a mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods – and puts the 19th Ward into the redrawn 61st District. The 61st would extend through Riga, Chili, and rural Genesee County, and end in Amherst, Erie County: lumping an urban neighborhood with a strong identity with suburban and rural districts that probably have different priorities and needs.
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As part of the once-a-decade redistricting process, New York has to eliminate two Congressional seats. That much was made clear by Census results released in late December 2010. Conventional wisdom was that a Republican seat Upstate and a Democratic seat in New York City would be cut.
It’s not that legislators have ignored redistricting – the process of redrawing legislative district lines to account for changes in population. Since late December 2010, a joint Assembly-Senate task force has held hearings and its staff has analyzed data. State of Politics, a political blog, says lawmakers plan to release maps next week.