State Legislature to vote on congressional districts lines redrawn by Democrats

The state Legislature is set to vote this week on new congressional maps revealed by state lawmakers that could change many New Yorker’s representatives in congress.

News 12 Staff

Feb 1, 2022, 2:04 AM

Updated 843 days ago

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The state Legislature is set to vote this week on new congressional maps revealed by state lawmakers that could change many New Yorker’s representatives in congress.
As a result of the 2020 census, congressional district lines needed to be redrawn. An independent bipartisan commission tried submitting two sets of maps, but both were rejected by state lawmakers. These lawmakers over the weekend took their turn at redrawing the lines.
Political expert Dr. Christopher Malone says as a result, it’s a much bluer set of maps than the commission would have come up with.
"They've redrawn the maps so that there are the same number of people, but it's just different people in that district,” he says.
For instance, NY-11 is a district that covers Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn that was +11 for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Under the new lines, the district instead would have gone for President Joe Biden.
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis currently represents that district. She says she's confident she could win reelection despite the change.
"This is nothing more than a blatant attempt to steal this congressional seat, to silence the voices of the people that live in the current district and to tilt the scale to give them an advantage,” she says. 
New York State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy agrees, calling the maps "the most brazen and outrageous attempt at rigging the election." He also says that they “are reviewing all their legal options.”
Also under the new maps, NY-3, which previously had included the north shore of Long Island, would stretch up the east coast of the Bronx and Westchester, an area represented by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi.
With Rep. Tom Suozzi running for governor, NY-3 will be up for grabs.
In a statement provided to News 12, a Biaggi spokesman says, "Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is closely studying the proposed lines and seriously considering running for Congress in New York District 3."
The new district lines also mean that Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres would represent Riverdale and Rep. Jamaal Bowman's district would stretch all the way through eastern Westchester and into Putnam County.
Dr. Malone says there's a bigger picture of the balance of power that needs to be considered. 
"Democrats may have an advantage in eight more districts across the country, which would make it less likely that they'd lose the House of Representatives,” he says.
The state Legislature will vote on the new maps this week.


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