On Redistricting, Groups Say There’s Still Time For Impartiality


The good-government group, ReShapeNY, says that while there isn’t enough time to establish an independent panel to drawn district lines, the state should still try to have an impartial process in shaping the districts this year.

“There is still enough time to establish a new and impartial process for finalizing 2012 district maps. A new, impartial process is essential,” the group said in a statement.

The state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment — made up of lawmakers and two citizens — plans to release its set of district maps for congressional and state legislative seats this month. But good-government groups say the process is business as usual and isn’t an independent process, saying it will lead to the majorities drawing lines to retain their power.

ReShapeNY, which includes Citizens Union and other groups, said there still needs to be a “clear and objective set of criteria” when the lines are drawn.


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    In Monday’s NY Post, I urged state leaders to declare victory over our
    past and to apply for relief from Justice Department pre-clearance
    oversight of its redistricting plans and election changes (required by
    Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act).

    Likewise, creation of an independent redistricting
    commission would require DOJ pre-clearance review. And I don’t think it
    could happen this year w/o adding to the chaos. A process should be put in place for a mid-decade redistricting by an independent panel.

  2. Well! . . .?On Redistricting, Groups Say There?s Still Time For Impartiality?. Here is [the main] problem in the affairs of Our State of New York; We don’t need ” . . .these groups or individuals or Habib Hasan-An American Storyteller to say that “what Impartiality” means! The United States of America doesn’t need that for Our Kind Information.

    [This is why I ask; Do We The People and Those Who are on OATH to Preserve, Protect and Defend The Constitution of The United States of America know What Did Those Who Gained us America and later framed a “System of Government” that is a Best Reality that is there in the Globe as the Oldest and Best Form of Governance” Envisioned,Practiced – Whatever [The Founding Fathers did] is a reflection of their Person, Preaching and Conduct in the Form of The World’s Oldest Document and The Institutions that “Document” created and maintains in “The Pursuits of Happiness” of Man [and Women]! .

    The Way [the Practice of Redistricting] is handled UP IN BROAD DAY LIGHT where what many know as “Conflict of Interest” has become an “Interest of Conflict” particularly to the issue being discussed here.

    It’s easy to ‘ask representation’ and de mark The Republic of George Washington where THE WEST,EAST OR MIDWEST is so divided as the “Rampant Divided Segregated Styles of Living” where “the DIVISIONS” cooperate more to keep “This Perfect Union” imperfect right from within the blocks; Its Imposition of Private Will on Public Behalf” – Unlike [when] the “Reasonable Declaration” was Read; it was for “the Common Good of The Common Man and The Dictum that “Men are Born Free” –

    What are we doing now? We Proclaimed “Emancipation” and Mr. Bill Riley destroys it in the 21st Century claiming that “he has written a History Book” that stinks a smell that has never been adored in the US by any nose until his Publication.

    The Role of The Media is not to “cater the ratings” or expect the $98 Billion” collected by “begging” $5 “saying that everyone can afford” and gather for Maintaining “The Status-Quo” of “first seeking power, then remaining in power, then consolidating the power, and now lusting to remain invincible”.

    We are a Christian Country, Yes! We are [and I am not going to be accommodate EXCEPT THE truth] to cater or “sugar-coat” the reality! So that, I can be invited like Mr. Glen Beck or Given a Nobel Prize FOR Peace that doesn’t even exist! . . . . to bend [apparently expect] in the directions of The Highest Bidder! Sorry that has not happened in past Four Decades; And, I don’t see any reason that needs to be considered now. Please rest assure [that] is never happening. The People [From Federal Government to Local Governments, and Up to The State Governments” or the “ones who are very Secretive and Holding the Helms of The Two Major Political Parties in New York [Except Chairman Cox of The Republican Party – a Blue Blood Man] is very strange. But! that is a different topic to explore and shed some light,some other time!

    The “Redistricting” needs to be based on How it is Prescribed to be done in The US Constitution for The United States and not by distorting laws appointing each other after making laws calling them “self-rule” preposition or clause [ a Foreign Concept] of Terrorist Country where it emerged! [REAL FACT] . For a quick reference “GOOGLE: Home Rule” . . and read what comes up; just read the definition and its origins of the concept!

    “Nothing will happen attidue” continues . . . . what are we going to do about it? Instead of corrections and learing what wrong one does; the wrongs gettogether and combine [texting about you] to each other and redicule! But! texts ca be retrived even after deleting it! Did you know that?

    But! its ok . . . .!

    It health to read before going out and demeaning American Constitutionalist in Small Town America!

    HABIBHASAN – An American Storyteller