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NYS losing population to other states

It's a continuing trend--an Albany think tank reports that New York State lost over 1.5 million people to other states from 2000 to 2010. The report is based on data from the US census bureau and the IRS.

While many New Yorkers continued to seek out hotter economies and warmer retirements, the Census Bureau numbers show the state's population still had a net gain: 2% over the decade to 19.4 million. That was largely fueled by immigrants moving into New York City.

The Empire Center is affiliated with the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute. It says New York had the greatest loss nationally of residents to other states for the second decade in a row.

The Center's E.J. McMahon says the combination of domestic out migration, combined with a slowdown in new arrivals from other countries, gave New York the dubious distinction of having the third highest negative population shift in the nation.  Go to full article
Any downsizing of the congressional representation in upstate New York should at the very least begin in western New York

Redistricting task force hears regional concerns

The state task force that will draw up new electoral maps in New York State was in Syracuse yesterday to begin a string of public hearings.

New York's losing two congressional seats because of population losses reported in the last Census.

As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, the task force, known as "Latfor", heard all about why neither of those seats should come from the districts that span central and northern New York.  Go to full article

Little: change in prisoner count could cut district numbers

New York lawmakers have begun the process of reshaping electoral districts following last year's census. Last week, a redistricting task force announced it would ignore a law requiring prison inmates to be counted at their last known address.

That angered civil rights advocates, who argue home districts deserve credit for the prisoners, for electoral representation as well as state aid and services that depend on population. But the change worries North Country representatives whose districts have long counted prisoners where they're incarcerated.

The law passed in 2010 when Democrats controlled both legislative houses and the governor's mansion. The measure has since been challenged in court by nine Republican state senators. Betty Little of Queensbury is a plaintiff in that lawsuit. She isn't commenting on the suit, but she told Chris Morris the loss to her district would be significant, 9,000 to 10,000 people.  Go to full article
There doesn't seem to be as many babies. Our baby is pretty much standing alone right now. When I grew up...there was a ton of kids...

As Hamilton County ages, will communities hang on?

Last week, the US Census found that the New York population is aging much faster than the rest of New York state. The average resident in St. Lawrence County is forty years old. The number of young children in the county, below age five, dropped ten percent over the last decade.

In Hamilton County, the median age is even higher - more than 51 years old. That's thirteen years older, on average, than New York state as a whole. Brian Mann was in Hamilton County last week talking to people about the Census findings and what these numbers mean for their communities. He talks with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Debate parses the good and bad of Adirondack Census numbers

The latest U.S. Census delivered good and bad news about population shifts across the rural North Country.

Inside the Adirondack Park Blue Line, the numbers showed an overall gain in population. But the details sparked a debate about how to interpret the data, about what it really means for communities that struggle with the dynamics of decline in rural America overlaid with the Park's additional rules and regulations.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley this morning to sort through the Census and how it's being parsed.  Go to full article
It essentially kicks the can down the road 11 years away to 2022.

Pressure mounts over political redistricting in NY

Senate Republicans and Democrats argued over the issue of redrawing new district lines yesterday. Many Republicans campaigned last November on promises to put the politically charged process of redistricting into the hands of an independent commission. As Karen Dewitt reports, pressure is mounting on the Senate GOP to follow through.  Go to full article
The legislature never wants to change the system because this is about protecting them.

Cuomo proposes independent redistricting panel

The process of redrawing lawmakers' districts based on new census figures can be one of the most vicious activities in politics. Governor Cuomo wants to take politics out of the process. He has introduced a bill that would create a bi- partisan panel to redraw legislative and congressional district lines. But so far, leaders in the State Senate and Assembly are non-committal. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
It makes more sense to rely on... an open process as opposed to having lawmakers drawing lines in secret.

2010 census: NY to lose two seats in Congress

New York State will lose two more congressional seats, as a result of the 2010 census, due to a continued decline in the state's population relative to the rest of the country. Government reform advocates say they hope lawmakers will seek a non partisan solution to changing the districts this time around. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The country's population is growing away from the Northeast (Photo: US Census)
The country's population is growing away from the Northeast (Photo: US Census)

As New York loses two House seats, big North Country shift possible

New Census figures were released yesterday and the news wasn't good for New York state. Federal officials say population trends over the last decade mean New York will lose two seats in Congress. That could mean big changes in sprawling rural districts, including the 20th and the 23rd. As Brian Mann reports, the loss of power is also likely to trigger a bitter political fight in Albany.  Go to full article

Inmates to be excluded from North Country districts

A measure to change where prison inmates are counted when drawing political districts was slipped into the budget bills passed Tuesday night. Beginning with redistricting based on 2010 census data, inmates will be counted at their home addresses, not at the prison where they're locked up. Supporters called the change a victory for equal representation. But the North Country stands to lose more political clout. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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