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Local leaders concerned over redrawn NY-24, say it’s too big

Leaders in New York’s proposed redrawn 24th Congressional District are expressing disapproval over the new boundaries, saying the district will be too big.

The current NY-24 includes Onondaga, Wayne, Cayuga, and parts of Oswego County. The redrawn district would stretch from Niagara County to Jefferson County, across more than twelve counties in total, according to CNY Central.

Mayor Lyndon Glazier of The Village of Lacona in Northern Oswego County said he would like to see the districts stay how they are currently.

“I don’t think we’re going to get the representation we have,” he said. “I don’t think you get the representation when it’s that big.”

Lewiston Town Supervisor Steve Broderick said it would be difficult for one representative to listen to all voters in the district.

“I just think it’s not fair to the people or fair to the congressman to try to cover that kind of a territory,” he said. “It’s a tough district to ask a congressman to cover even if he decided to live somewhere in the middle.”

The proposed redistricting maps still have to pass the state assembly and senate. If approved, Republicans could lose three seats in the state’s House of Representatives.