VIEW THE PROPOSALS: NY Independent Commission Drafts Competing Congressional Maps
The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission can’t come up with one plan for redrawing the Congressional districts to reflect a shift in population and elimination of one district under the latest census numbers.
There are currently 26 Congressional districts in New York.
Republicans and Democrats have come up with their own maps, both of which shut the Utica area, home of Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, out of the Southern Tier district.
In the Southern Tier, one map has the district running from just east of the City of Binghamton all the way to Lake Erie while the other map has a district meandering east from Tioga County down into the part of the Hudson Valley, northeast almost to Albany and Schenectady. In that map, Tioga County would be in a district that runs north through Rochester but skirts Syracuse.
The Republican map puts the Greater Binghamton area in the district with Representative Tom Reed while the Democrat’s map hands Binghamton to Representative Antonio Delgato. Tom Reed is not running for re-election next year after he had been accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a bar several years ago.
The Commission, which has hosted numerous hearings leading up to yesterday’s release of the two draft maps, will hold more public hearings.
Southern Tier residents will have a chance to weigh in October 23 at a listening session at Binghamton University. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the innovative technology complex.
A final redistricting map is due to be placed before the New York State Legislature by January 1.
Take a look at all the redistricting proposals for US Congress, NYS Senate, and NYS Assembly below: