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Greene Co. activist to mount legal challenge of Assembly redistricting maps

May 01, 2022 1:00 am

Kate Lisa is reporting for NY State of Politics Greene County resident and former state Senate candidate Gary Greenberg on May 2, intends to challenge the legality of the new state Assembly district maps. The state Court of Appeals on April 27, voided the Legislature's Senate and congressional lines for partisan gerrymandering. The New Baltimore-based activist said he will file the challenge in state Supreme Court in Steuben County. Greenberg, a Democrat, will be the only plaintiff in the court challenge after the state Court of Appeals ruled in a 4 to 3 decision last week that the Congressional and Senate maps adopted by the Legislature were procedurally unconstitutional. "The Assembly maps were drawn in the same process," Greenberg said. "They didn't follow the directions under what voters wanted and voted to change in the New York constitution. [Senate Deputy Majority Leader] Mike Gianaris and the district assemblyman who edited the maps used the same staff to draw the congressional, Senate and Assembly districts. They drew these maps up wrong," he said. The first Republican-backed lawsuit to challenge the lines was filed in Steuben County in February., but those petitioners did not seek to invalidate the Assembly redistricting maps. Representatives from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie's office could not immediately be reached for comment on April 29. A state Supreme Court judge has ruled to set the Senate and Congressional primaries for Aug. 23. The Assembly primary election remains on June 28, unless the Legislature or state Supreme Court takes action. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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