A co-chair of the state Legislature’s redistricting committee said today the Senate and Assembly will meet to discuss their separate proposals for new congressional maps, and could vote on them as soon as next week if all goes well.
Speaking to reporters after appearing on Fred Dicker’s Talk 1300 radio show, Assemblyman John McEneny, D-Albany, said both Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans have drawn up maps of how they’d like to see New York’s
22 27 congressional districts split up, but haven’t yet exchanged proposals. That will come this week, he said.
“We’re at a point where each sides have at least a draft map, and the leadership will have to get together and decide whether we can merge the two maps,” McEneny said. “If we can merge the two maps, it could be ready to be voted on next week.”
The redistricting panel—controlled by Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats—has already released a draft set of lines for new districts in the state Legislature. It will have to eliminate two congressional districts, since New York is set to lose two seats in Congress because the 2010 Census showed it grew at a slower rate than other states.
McEneny said he hasn’t yet seen the Senate GOP’s proposal, but said he hopes to avoid a situation where the two houses
vote on put forward different maps—as happened initially in 2002, the last time New York went through the once-a-decade redistricting process.
Complicating the process is the state’s June 26 primary for congressional races, as set last month by a federal judge. In the past, New York has held a September federal primary.
Also unknown is whether a promise from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto the maps will hold up. Cuomo has vowed to use his veto pen unless an independent panel drew up the maps, but told the Democrat and Chronicle last week there is certain criteria the Legislature would have to meet in order to avoid the veto.
Here’s video of McEneny from today: