Thursday: NNY Congress District Would Change Under Proposals
Republicans and Democrats each have proposals to change the north country Congressional district, with the City of Utica being the key difference.
An early analysis of the proposals is posted here by Watertown Times political reporter Brian Amaral.
The takeaway? The Democrat-controlled state Assembly gives incumbent 23rd Congressman Bill Owens Utica, which has more Democrats than Republicans.
The Republican-controlled state Senate, on the other hand, gives Owens more solidly Republican territory.
Our early look at the maps agrees with Brian's, and we have uploaded the maps so you can see for yourself.
The proposals have to go before a court for review, and will have to contend with the difficult issue of losing two congressional seats because of New York's slow population growth compared to other states.
A federal judge from New York city, Roanne Mann, will play a key role in redistricting.
She has until March 12 to recommend lines for the Congressional districts. She does not have to adopt either plan, and others - notably Common Cause - have their own proposals.
Our reporting from Wednesday...
Neither Republicans nor Democrats are proposing to eliminate the Congressional district that represents the north country.
Details of both parties' plans began leaking out Wednesday afternoon.
To be sure, there was never much question of the north country Congressional district literally being wiped out, with pieces of the existing district being parceled out to other Congressional districts.
But there was a chance the district could be substantially reshaped, something that is now not expected in either party's plan.
'Redistricting,' which is shorthand for redrawing the political map, is required every 10 years, after the federal census. It's done to ensure that each Congressional district has roughly the same number of people.
As of mid-afternoon, here's what was being reported:
A Republican plan to redistrict New York's Congressional districts targets Democrats - but apparently not north country Congressman Bill Owens.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Republican plan would eliminate Congressional seats now held by two Democrats: Maurice Hinchey, who is retiring, and Gary Ackerman in the New York City area.
Given that the plan is coming from the Republican-controlled state Senate, it's not surprising that no Republican would lose his seat.
The plan is described in a post by Daily News Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett here.
The 'Politics On The Hudson' web site, meanwhile, reported Democrats will also eliminate Hinchey's seat and will carve up some territory in New York City differently. (Complete post here.)
Redistricting plans from both the state Senate and the Democrat-controlled state Assembly were expected late today (Wednesday), but as of 5 pm, the maps had not surfaced.
The state legislature is struggling to come up with a plan that redraws the boundries for the state's 29 Congressional districts, which must be reduced by two to 27.
Redistricting is important to northern New York because the 23rd Congressional District has to change, in order to take in more people. Owens, a Democrat, holds the seat, but faces challenges from Republicans Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene.
With the state's Congressional primary being moved from September to June, it becomes all the more important for candidates to know what territory they are running in.
By concentrating on eliminating seats elsewhere in the state, it appears neither party is proposing radical changes to the north country district
- reported by 7 News and The Associated Press
Thursday, December 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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