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POLITICS: Public can comment on disparate districts (City Newspaper)

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If the proposed redistricting plans are approved, residents of Rochester’s 19th Ward will share a senator with residents in suburban Buffalo.

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.

Read More: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/articles/2012/02/POLITICS-Public-can-comment-on-disparate-districts/

Congressional redistricting factors adding up (City Newspaper)

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The House seats held by Kathy Hochul and Tom Reed are increasingly likely to survive redistricting.

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.

Read More: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/blog/2012/01/Congressional-redistricting-factors-adding-up/

POLITICS: Redistricting plods along (City Newspaper)

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More than a year ago, the US Census Bureau released the data necessary to start the legally required statewide and congressional redistricting process. But the State Legislature begins 2012 without new district lines or even a proposal to vote on.

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.

Read More: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/articles/2012/01/POLITICS-Redistricting-plods-along/