State redistricting commission releases two maps
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics the members of the state redistricting commission Sept. 15, indicated they could not agree on the same set of proposed maps for dividing up New York's voters. The commission has been tasked with drawing new legislative boundaries for Congressional seats, as well as for the state Senate and Assembly. The commission will release two sets of maps for debate as the process continues to unfold. But if an agreement is not in place by January 15, when the final set of maps are due, the process could rest with the state Legislature, where the Democrats have supermajorities in both chambers. The state's redistricting process is supposed to be controlled by the commission to remove some of the influence of members of the state Legislature. Commission members hope the next round of 14 statewide public hearings to be held in the coming weeks will provide an opportunity to reach an agreement. "The people of New York are counting on us in ways that are not contemplating before," said Elaine Frazier, a commission member. "I think we're up to the challenge. I look forward to working with you." New York is set to lose one House seat after its population did not grow at the same rate as the rest of the country. If Democrats are able to submit their own version of the maps, it could ultimately help the party keep control of the narrowly divided House of Representatives. In November, voters will also consider changes to the state constitution that could further empower the supermajorities in the Legislature. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.