There could be some challenges locally if a proposed New York State Assembly map is adopted.
Redistricting isn’t quite complete after the 2020 census. A bipartisan redistricting panel was forced to reconvene after a state court ruled that previous Assembly maps drawn were unconstitutional. For races that took place last month, the old maps were used.
But that changes moving forward.
Now that the first iteration of New York State Assembly boundaries has been released – two local lawmakers could be pitted against each other.
Republicans Jeff Gallahan (R-131) and Brian Manktelow (R-130) represent Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne counties collectively. Gallahan’s district includes all of Ontario and part of Seneca counties. Manktelow’s district includes all of Wayne.
While both have had smooth sailing when it comes to elections in recent years – they could be forced to face-off against each other if the map is approved.
The current proposed map would put part of Ontario County – including Manchester, where Gallahan lives – in the 130th Assembly District.
As for what’s next – a series of public input sessions would take place before any map is adopted. The panel responsible for redistricting has already faced legal challenges.
The new maps, once legally sorted out, will stand for the remainder of the decade. As for the prospect of Gallahan and Manktelow facing off in a future primary – it’s not something local Republicans want to see.
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