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Cayuga County split by Democrats Congressional maps: Vote could come this week, but would there be a challenge?

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The New York State Legislature, led by Democrats, has put forward a new proposal for congressional district maps, following the rejection of the Independent Redistricting Commission’s suggestion. This new plan divides Cayuga County into two districts, with the city of Auburn and southern towns moving into the 22nd Congressional District and northern towns into the 24th. The 22nd District will also encompass Onondaga, Madison, parts of Cortland, and Oneida counties, maintaining the current incumbents.

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Despite the rejection of the commission’s maps, the proposed changes by the Legislature are minor, focusing on maintaining the balance without significantly altering the political landscape. The 24th District is set to expand, incorporating a range of counties across western New York to the North Country. This strategic redrawing aims to address the political and geographical needs of the region, keeping incumbents in their respective districts.

The Legislature’s action comes as part of New York’s ongoing effort to redraw congressional lines following a court ruling. The new maps are expected to be voted on this week, with potential legal challenges looming from Republicans. The proposed changes reflect a delicate balance between adhering to the court’s mandate and addressing local and political considerations within the state’s diverse regions.