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Redistricting will likely result in one less congressional seat upstate

Aug 18, 2021 6:00 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics Upstate New York is projected to lose a congressional seat in the next round of redistricting as the state's population growth has been primarily driven by the New York metropolitan region, according to an analysis released on August 17, by the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG [N-EYE-perg} The state is already expected to lose one of its 27 U.S. House seats after the lines are redrawn. The U.S. Census data released last week could lead to the loss of upstate Congressional representation as well as in the state Senate. The population shifts are not expected to impact how the state Assembly is configured. But if NYPIRG's analysis holds, upstate New York will once again lose influence in Washington and Albany. Upstate is defined as the region north of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. That area saw its population increase by 105,278 people over the last 10 years. In New York City, the population grew by 629,057 residents during the same time period. The population of the two counties on Long Island increased by 88,812. Redistricting occurs once every 10 years based on the most recent census data. In the last round of redistricting in 2012, New York lost two seats, one district from upstate and one from New York City. This time, the district currently represented by Republican Tom Reed, who is set to retire at the end of the current term following allegations of sexual harassment, is the most likely to go. That district stretches from the Southern Tier to western New York. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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