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Democrats propose new Congressional lines

Feb 28, 2024 12:45 am

Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that Democrats have a new Congressional map to propose for New York, after the Democrat-led state Legislature rejected the bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission map on Feb. 26. A new map was supposed to be drawn after the 2020 census, but court challenges have kept the district lines changing, and candidates have now begun to petition to get on the ballot for districts that are currently unknown. Locally, the latest proposed map for the 18th Congressional District would add the towns of Ulster and Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock, while Rosendale, Marbletown, the town of Rochester, Shawangunk, the southwestern portion of Gardiner, and a portion of Wawarsing would move to the 19th Congressional District. Currently, a Democrat, Pat Ryan, represents the 18th District, while a Republican, Marc Molinaro, represents the 19th District. Ryan said, “No matter where the district lines fall, no matter which Trump-picked extremist they run against me, the choice this fall is clear: I’m running on a positive vision for the future of the Hudson Valley – to deliver economic relief, to protect and expand our fundamental American freedoms, and to actually fix the problems facing our country." The new proposal keeps all of Columbia and Greene counties in the 19th District, but removes all of Tioga County. The district also gains most of Rensselaer County, all of Otsego County, and loses a portion of Cortland, but retains all of Delaware, Sullivan, Broome, Tompkins, and Chenango counties. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.