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Cuomo: Constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

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The legislature is poised to pass a redistricting package that includes a constitutional amendment to change the process in the future. But Governor Cuomo says the current proposal is still not good enough. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Cuomo says the proposed constitutional amendment still does not offer enough protections for the drawing of nonpartisan lines in the future, and he’s counting on a yet to be settled accompanying statute to clarify that. But the governor says negotiations are still in flux, and the new lines could still be determined by the federal courts.
 
“The magistrate would probably get you somewhat better lines than the legislature drew,” said, Cuomo, who said a  “meaningful” reform  would be better.
 
“And you could say, ‘the madness stops here’,” he said.
 
The governor, who is also negotiating with the legislature on the state budget and related items, like pension reform, says of the legislature’s efforts on redistricting reform “my trust level is low, my skepticism is high.” 

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