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Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region
Under Federal judge's plan, Rep. Owens (R) faces a reshaped North Country district and Rep. Gibson (L) is ousted from the region

Federal judge calls for major shake-up in North Country Congressional district

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The Adirondack North Country may be unified into one congressional district this year.

A federal judge has issued a map that would consolidate the region into a new 21st District.

The old NY-23 district, now represented by Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh would be dramatically redrawn. Martha Foley has more.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

If approved, the plan would mean the ouster of Kinderhook Republican Chris Gibson, the freshman elected in 2010. He who now represents chunks of Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Essex Counties. And Republican Rep. Richard Hanna no longer representing the area around Old Forge.

It's unclear how this plan will affect the fortunes of the top contenders in this year's House election, including Matt Doheny, the Republican from Watertown.

The new NY-21 would include more Democrat-leaning sections of Saratoga County, but it would also gather in conservative, Republican-tilting sections of Washington and Warren Counties.

Other wild cards include the possibility that other candidates could jump into the race.

Lake Placid Conservative Doug Hoffman has announced that he is considering another run for the North Country's congressional seat.  This map, which is expected to be approved by the courts, puts Hoffman's home in the middle of the new district.





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