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State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

Judge's inmate tally decision to shake up North Country legislative districts

A state Supreme Court judge issued a ruling late Friday that could dramatically reshape North Country political boundaries. The decision affects the way prison inmates are counted as state Assembly and Senate districts are drawn up.

In that process, some communities, including Malone, Ogdensburg and Watertown, will lose a significant portion of their population. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Inmate tally continues to stump New York redistricting plan

Deliberations over drawing new legislative and congressional districts are continuing in Albany and one of the k ey sticking points is the way prison inmates are counted.

Democrats pushed through a measure two years ago that calls for the inmates to be counted in the districts that they're sent from.

North Country state Senator Betty Little, a Republican, stands to lose as many as 11,000 constituents under that change and has sued to reverse the decision.

As Karen DeWitt reports legislators are also struggling the details of a system for determining where inmates should be counted if the Democratic plan survives.  Go to full article
My position is I will veto the lines that are drawn. I believe it should be done by an independent commission.

Cuomo renews promise to veto legislature's redistricting plans

Blogs lit up yesterday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to back away from his often repeated promise to veto new electoral district lines drawn by a special legislative task force.
On public radio's Capitol Pressroom, he told host Susan Arbetter there could be a certain amount of chaos if he vetoes new electoral district lines due after the 2010 Census. The Albany Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog noted "chaos is not Cuomoian."

But later in the day, he renewed his veto pledge, in no uncertain terms. The governor told Albany reporter Karen DeWitt he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and non partisan.  Go to full article

Cuomo renews vow to veto district lines drawn by joint legislative commission

Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are...  Go to full article
Sharon Boisen is one of the Essex County supervisors facing stiff opposition November 8th (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Hyperlocal issues shape fierce Essex County races

Next month, voters will go to the polls across northern New York and Vermont. There any statewide or national candidates on the ballot, but scores of vitally important local...  Go to full article
Sen. Little's district could be shaped heavily by inmate court fight

Judge to decide how inmates will shape North Country districts

Attorneys were in court this week in Albany, arguing a case that could dramatically reshape the way North Country legislative districts are redrawn. A new state law requires...  Go to full article

Republican Doheny wants Owens rematch

Watertown businessman Matt Doheny says he wants to challenge Democrat Bill Owens in next year's congressional race. He filed papers this week making his campaign...  Go to full article

Redistricting will count prisoners where they lived before incarceration

Republicans in the State Senate last week changed their position on the counting of state prison inmates for drawing new legislative district lines, required every ten years....  Go to full article
Matt Doheny

Doheny wants re-match in 2012

The next congressional election is a year and a half away, but Republican Matt Doheny is already announcing that he will challenge Democrat Bill Owens. Owens edged out Doheny...  Go to full article
Rep. Gibson accompanied President Obama to Schenectady on Friday (Source:  White House)

Rep. Gibson raises profile in Washington

It was a big week for Congressman Chris Gibson, the freshman Republican from Kinderhook who represents the 20th congressional district. The former Army Colonel traveled...  Go to full article

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