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Democrats expected to reject redistricting maps and create new option

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Democratic state legislators in New York are reportedly poised to reject a bipartisan commission’s House map in favor of their own redistricting plan.

This move is expected to spark a Republican challenge but aims to secure Democratic control over several key House seats.

The new map under consideration, while not vastly different from the commission’s proposal, reflects strategic adjustments in areas like Long Island and the Hudson Valley, without significant changes to New York City’s House seats.


This redistricting initiative follows a legal mandate for new district lines, a response to the state’s highest court ruling that the current map was meant for only a short term.

The Independent Redistricting Commission’s recommendations, which have garnered support from Republicans for minimal alterations, have been criticized by Democrats, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, for failing to serve democratic interests effectively.

The state’s lawmakers face a tight deadline to finalize the new district lines, with the Legislature possibly voting on the new map within the week.