Mixed reaction to proposed NY Congressional map

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)—The Independent Redistricting Commission, made up of five Democrats and five Republicans voted in a majority to send a new congressional map onto the state legislature. The commission was ordered by the state’s highest court to create a map by the end of this month.

Republican Commissioner, Charles Nesbitt said the new map is very similar to the current one that was drawn by a special master in 2022.

“It was important for us not to enter into the process of confusing people out there of where they were going to vote,” said Nesbitt.

Out of the 26 districts, 16 had some level of change.

“When one change is made, it drives change elsewhere and you can see that in this map,” explained Nesbitt.

NY-22 is one of the districts that could see the biggest change. Two years ago, Republican Brandon Williams won by a slim margin in the district. The previous two cycles have also been close.

“District 22, the current district, includes all of Onondaga County and all of Oneida County,” explained Steven Romalewski, Director of CUNY Mapping Service. “And none of Cayuga County. But the way it would change, according to the commission plan, is that it would include now Auburn, a number of other areas in Cayuga County, and it would lose the top half of Oneida County, including the city of Rome.”

He said NY-22 is also proposed to gain a part of Cortland County.

The IRC map has been getting mixed reviews.

Former Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate, Lee Zeldin, releasing a statement saying, “ The state legislature should pass, AS IS the bipartisan congressional maps approved by the IRC.”

Democratic Party Chairman, Jay Jacobs, also issued a statement. He said, “We owe it to the public to carefully revise these maps, especially in light of serious concerns being raised by various communities of interest.”

The state legislature will have to vote on the new lines. If it doesn’t get approved, the legislature can choose to draw its own map.

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