Albany, NY, Jan 31, 2012 — The Legislative task force on redistricting held its first meeting Monday since new proposed maps were released. Lawmakers heard numerous accusations that the new lines were "gerrymandered." And as Karen DeWitt reports, they say the proposed maps are not set in stone.
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The Assembly Chair of a task force on redistricting says he thinks new congressional lines can be drawn in time to meet a June primary deadline imposed by a federal judge, but he admits it will be weeks before the public can view them.
State lawmakers, who have already drawn legislative district lines that Governor Cuomo says are “unacceptable” because of partisan gerrymandering, have yet to release maps for proposed new congressional lines. A federal judge has ruled that primaries for congressional seats must be on June 26th. Assembly task force chair Jack McEneny says he thinks the proposed maps can be finished by late February and voted on by early March.
While the date for the federal election primaries has been settled by a judge, the date for state legislative primaries is still up in the air. Assembly Democrats want all of the primaries on the same day in late June; Republicans had favored an August date. No agreement has been worked out yet.