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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Reform groups urge "No" vote on redistricting ballot amendment

Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting on the state's November ballot. They say it's a sham that does not offer the changes that it promises.

The government reform groups say Senate and Assembly districts are drawn in New York in a blatantly partisan manner. They used humor to get their point across, conducting what Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group calls the Pablo Picasso-Salvador Dali contest for finding the most creatively designed district.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County towns are divided among four Assembly districts after the 2012 redistricting. Image: <a href="http://www.latfor.state.ny.us/maps/?sec=2012a">LATFOR</a>
St. Lawrence County towns are divided among four Assembly districts after the 2012 redistricting. Image: LATFOR

St. Lawrence county enters fragmented political reality

If you live in St. Lawrence County and you're not sure who you're voting for next Tuesday, you're probably not alone. More than half of the county's towns are in new Assembly or Senate districts.

New districts were drawn up by politicians in Albany this year, and have been described as favoring incumbents.

In the process, they carve St. Lawrence County among four Assembly and three Senate districts. Many observers say that's bad for the county's influence in the state Capitol. And it's likely to cause confusion on Election Day.  Go to full article
Image: NYS Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR)
Image: NYS Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR)

New electoral districts make strangers out of candidates

Newly-drawn New York State electoral districts are taking candidates far from their home bases and into strange territory.

One extreme example of this is the 118th Assembly district, which now includes parts of five counties, stretching from southern Herkimer up to northern St. Lawrence County. Marc Butler holds the seat and is running again as a Republican; Democrat Joe Chilelli is the challenger.  Go to full article

Voters deliver split decision on how Albany works

A new poll finds that while New Yorkers still think very highly of Governor Cuomo, they are not as happy with recent developments in Albany that include a secretive, middle of the night legislative session, and legislative district lines some are calling "gerrymandered." In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Hoffman: I think the best thing I could do is back out of the race.

North Country races and districts in flux

The election season is upon us, but the races and the districts across the North Country are still in flux. Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race for the State Assembly seated of the retiring Teresa Sayward. So has Democrat Randy Douglas. New district lines complicate the picture in both the NY legislature and for US Congress. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the shifting political scene.  Go to full article

Gibson loses North Country turf

Congressman Chris Gibson issued a statement last night acknowledging that he will no longer represent counties in the North Country, based on a federal redistricting plan finalized yesterday.

Gibson, a Republican from Kinderhook, says he will seek re-election in the newly-formed 19th congressional district, which doesn't include Essex, Warren, or Washington counties.

"I am saddened that many areas of the historic 20th district have been placed in two other districts," Gibson said. He also promised that his office would continue to provide constituent services to North Country communities until the new district boundaries take effect in 2013.  Go to full article

Gibson hopes to keep North Country district

Congressman Chris Gibson says he loves representing the North Country, and he hopes redistricting lets him continue serving people in places like Warren, Washington and Essex counties.

But Gibson also knows the final decision is out of his hands. New York's 20th Congressional District, which he represents now, could look very different when redistricting finally wraps up.

Gibson sat down with Chris Morris recently and spoke for more than an hour about topics ranging from the chaos in Syria to the field of Republican presidential candidates, and of course, redistricting.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County leaders furious about redistricting

St. Lawrence County leaders are furious about New York's newly approved Assembly and Senate legislative district lines. The county has been split into four assembly districts, and three senate seats. Some say they were the big losers in Albany's backroom politics.  Go to full article
The Senate Republicans again and again stifled debate and turned democracy into a game.

Senate Dems walk out over redistricting

Seven casinos, a cut in one of the biggest government costs facing taxpayers, more convictions of career criminals and a far more promising outlook for Republicans are results of the wheeling and dealing that ended early yesterday morning in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring victory.

His Republican allies in the Senate, who faced oblivion just two years ago, scored major wins to give the party a powerful, longer life in the increasingly blue state.

The all-night session of the legislature left bitter feelings between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, after Democrats stormed out in protest over the middle of the night redistricting vote. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Backroom talks yield deals on divisive issues

The New York Senate and Assembly approved new electoral district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues yesterday. Advocates immediately called the deal on the new lines an assault on voter rights.

The redistricting announcement last night came as backroom talks yielded agreements on expansion of the state's DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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