Will lower court’s decision to throw out new district maps be upheld? Judge may decide today

A New York State appellate court judge said he will likely issue a ruling today on whether to uphold lower court’s ruling that found the state’s newly drawn district maps to be unconstitutional.

Last week, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Patrick F. McAllister ruled the state Legislature must redraw Congressional and Legislative maps by April 11, calling current maps “void” and “unusable” due to alleged gerrymandering.

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State Appellate Division Justice Stephen K. Lindley previously issued a stay on McAllister’s ruling. Lindley stated his intention to decide after Thursday, April 7 whether to leave the stay in place, according to News10 NBC.

Lawyers for the state Senate and Assembly argued McAllister’s ruling should be blocked for at least 30 days. If Lindley chooses to lift the stay, lawmakers would face an extremely tight deadline to pass new district boundary maps.

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