Common Cause/NY continued its assault on the state’s proposed legislative lines today, saying there’s no reason why the state task force that’s drawing the lines can’t come up with fairer districts.
“It’s absurd to think that LATFOR’s proposal could not be revised to better represent the demographic reality of New York state, and we have the maps to prove it,” said Susan Lerner, the group’s executive director said at a news conference this morning. “It’s not magic, it’s math.”
Common Cause has its own set of maps that says is fairer than the ones put out by the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment.
The group was among those speaking for and against the lines put out Thursday by the task force at a hearing Monday in Albany. The task force is holding nine hearings around the state to gain input about the lines.
Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, said the lines could be changed based on public input.
“We look forward to having citizen input so that we can make appropriate changes, focusing on communities of interest,” he told reporters. “This is not about incumbents.”
Nozzolio said the proposed lines are legal.
Lerner said the lines are clearly partisan. She noted how the city of Rochester—with a large Democratic enrollment edge—is represented by three Republicans in the state Senate, none of whom live in the city of about 210,000 people. She said the city could clearly be represented by just one Senate district, which are to have about 307,000 people.
She called Rochester a “contained community of interest butchered into absurd puzzle pieces.”
Here’s a little bit of Nozzolio and the Common Cause plan.