While New York City’s population rose 2 percent to 8.2 million people, other large cities shrank. Buffalo decreased by 10.7 percent, Rochester decreased by 4.2 percent, Yonkers decreased by 0.1 percent, and Syracuse decreased by 1.5 percent.
The decline upstate and in the New York City suburbs means that those areas are likely to lose legislative districts in the next redistricting, set for next year. That’s, of course, if it’s done by an independent panel based solely on population figures, not politics as has been historically done.
A review of the Census data today by NYPIRG shows that 12 state Senate districts and 47 state Assembly districts have lost population.
NYPIRG estimates that the downstate region could lose two congressional seats, because of strong growth in the Hudson Valley. It would mean that upstate would have 10 House members and downstate — Long Island, Westchester and New York City — would have 17 members. New York is set to lose two House seats in 2012.
The biggest population loss in the state Senate was a 9.4 percent decline, or 27,900 people, in the Buffalo district currently held by Sen. Mark Gristani, R-Buffalo.
In the Assembly, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples, D-Buffalo, had the biggest drop, falling nearly 22,000 people or a whopping 17 percent.
In the U.S. House, the 28th District represented by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Monroe County, lost the most residents, falling by 42,522, or 6.5 percent.