According to the Post Standard, federal magistrate Roanne Mann has rejected the partisan redistricting maps proposed by the New York Assembly and Senate, and she has proposed a map that’s actually sane. Under her plan, the district represented by Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle would remain intact.
Unlike plans submitted by state Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats, the judge does not include Ithaca and Tompkins County, where Democratic enrollment is about twice the number of Republicans.
Instead, the judge’s plan includes all of Onondaga County, Cayuga County and Wayne County, and the western half of Oswego County in the renamed 24th Congressional District. The cities of Fulton and Oswego would be in the new district.
The existing 25th District covers all of Onondaga and Wayne counties, the northern portion of Cayuga County and three suburbs of Rochester in Monroe County.
Under the judge’s proposal, Buerkle would still lose the Republican-leaning Rochester suburbs that helped push her to a 648-vote upset of former Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, in 2010. (Read More)
If you follow the links you can see the map proposed by Judge Mann. Go here to see the gerrymandered maps proposed by the politicians.
The judge is taking comments until a hearing on March 15. The politicians could still work out some kind of deal between now and then. I hope they don’t. I’d rather see competitive districts where the representatives, regardless of party, are held accountable. Buerkle made the same point last week when she submitted a letter to the judge.