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Skelos: 63rd legislative district likely result of redistricting

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State lawmakers have still not made public their new proposed maps for redrawn legislative districts, but the Senate Majority Leader says it's likely a new 63rd district will be created. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The number of Senators has been at an even 62 for the past decade. That helped lead to the 2009 coup attempt and month long stalemate, when Senators evenly divided between two opposing factions. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says the additional district is likely to be included in new legislative district maps that he says will be released within the next few weeks. “There’s a good chance that they’ll go to 63,” he said. 

A 63rd Senate seat, depending on how districts are configured, could also help Republicans hold on to their narrow one seat majority in the Senate. Senator Michael Gianaris, a Senate Democrat who’s been a spokesman for his party on redistricting, calls it “unconstitutional and illegal” and a “despicable” power grab to keep Republicans in control of the chamber.

Governor Cuomo has threatened to veto any new lines, though, that aren’t drawn in a nonpartisan manner, but has admitted that throwing the process to the federal courts could be “chaotic.”   

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