Few more changes locally in Congressional districts
Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister on May 20 approved the congressional and state Senate maps drawn up by a court-appointed expert, after a few changes to the maps released earlier in the week. There are now four different Congressional Districts for the upper Hudson Valley. The biggest change locally to the final maps is that Rensselaer County was moved from the Capital District district's 20th District, to Rep. Elise Stefanik's North Country district, the 21st. The 20th District loses Rensselaer County and gains Saratoga Springs, on the new maps. But Amsterdam, where current 20th District Congressperson Paul Tonko lives, was kept out of his own district, but he says he will still run for re-election there, in a rematch against Republican Liz Joy. The other big change locally, the Daily Freeman reports, is that Ulster County is still split between the 19th and 18th Congressional districts, but the city of Kingston will now lie entirely within the newly formed 18th Congressional District, while the towns of Wawarsing and Ellenville will now be split between the 18th and the newly formed 19th District. Current Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, a Democrat, faces Republican state Assemblyperson Colin Schmitt in the 18th District election in November. But first, Ryan is running in the 19th Congressional District special election to replace Antonio Delgado, who is expected to resign soon to become lieutenant governor. Ryan will face Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in that special election. Then Molinaro will be in the general election for the 19th Congressional District against either Jamie Cheney, a Democrat from Rhinebeck, or political newcomer Josh Riley, of Ithaca, or Hudson resident Osun Zotique.