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New York Democrats propose Congressional maps after rejecting commission’s plan

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New York Democrats have unveiled their own congressional district maps shortly after dismissing a proposal from the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski led the charge, introducing new legislation aimed at reshaping district boundaries, particularly on Long Island and across upstate New York.


The proposed changes would adjust the boundaries of several congressional districts, with significant modifications in Long Island where the maps would alter the representation areas of both Republican and Democratic representatives. The adjustments are said to address concerns over county divisions and suspicions of gerrymandering to protect incumbents, claims that have been denied by the bipartisan commission.

This development throws the upcoming 2024 congressional elections into uncertainty, as candidates face the challenge of campaigning without confirmed district maps. The move by Democrats follows a contentious redistricting process that previously led to court intervention and the appointment of a special master to draw the current maps, highlighting the ongoing battle over political boundaries in New York.