News Coverage on Redistricting
Cuomo: New Maps Show 'Progress'Jacob Gershman
Albany lawmakers took another stab at redrawing state political lines, presenting Gov.Andrew Cuomo with a revised set of maps that they hope will win his approval and avoid a court intervention.
Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats on Monday submitted a revised set of state legislative lines after Mr. Cuomo vowed to veto their first draft. The adjusted maps, publicly disclosed late Monday, did not significantly depart from earlier versions that Mr. Cuomo said were "unacceptable."
Still, Mr. Cuomo said they showed "progress," and Senate Republicans insisted they were fairer toward Democrats, removing situations where incumbent Democrats would be forced to run against each other.
Senate Democrats said the lines were still largely engineered to protect Republicans.
"The governor has insisted on a better product and a better process. Right now, we have neither," said Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Democrat of Queens.
Lawmakers also proposed a constitutional amendment that would create an "independent commission," most of whose members would be appointed by legislative leaders, to redraw the lines next time around. The Legislature could still reject and amend the commission's maps.
Since legislative leaders have yet to reach a deal for new lines for the state's members of the House of Representatives, it's increasingly likely that the Brooklyn federal court that has taken control of the process will impose its own map. On Thursday, lawyers for state lawmakers will brief a panel of three federal judges on their progress.
The timeline for the state maps is a bit looser—New York's primary is scheduled for September—but the courts have threatened to intervene soon should Albany fail to act.
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