New York redistricting changes on hold in courts
Jon Campbell reports at Gothamist that State Appellate Division Associate Justice Stephen Lindley of Rochester issued an interim stay April 4 at least temporarily keeping the recent Democrat-drawn redistricting maps to remain in place for this week, while an appeal of a ruling overturning the new maps is heard. Last week, State Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister, a Republican from Steuben County, threw out the new maps, and ordered lawmakers to come back with a bipartisan plan. But Democrats appealed, and on April 7 the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, will hold a hearing on the matter. Meanwhile candidates are currently gathering petition signatures to get on the June 28 primary ballot. That election could be delayed the longer the appeal process takes. "The appeal will be greatly accelerated for obvious reasons, and I anticipate that a decision could be rendered within the next three weeks, if not sooner,” Lindley wrote on April 4. Read more about this story at Gothamist.