Pushing a Wednesday deadline to its limits, the majority parties in the Senate and Assembly filed their preferred congressional maps with a federal court in Brooklyn last night, showing significant differences of opinion across upstate and in Queens.
As was reported yesterday, Senate Republicans have proposed to eliminate the Southern Tier/mid-Hudson Valley seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, while putting Reps. Gary Ackerman and Carolyn McCarthy, both Democrats, in the same district.
Assembly Democrats would also ax the Hinchey seat, but would push Republican Rep. Bob Turner’s seat entirely into Queens and pair him in a district with Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley. Ackerman, meanwhile, would be pushed into the same district as Rep. Steve Israel, and a new district would be drawn in northern Queens and the southern part of the Bronx, where no incumbent currently lives. An explanation filed with the court, however, shows that the new district was drawn with Ackerman in mind, even though he currently lives in Roslyn Heights, Nassau County.
Upstate, both the Senate and Assembly maps would shift longtime Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter’s district closer to her home base of Rochester. Both maps remove the portions of Buffalo and Niagara Falls she currently represents. The Senate Republican map keeps the district entirely within Monroe County, while the Assembly Democrats’ proposal includes a large swath of Ontario County.
There’s a lot to digest in the maps, which were posted on the court’s website shortly before midnight. You can peruse a number of different submitted maps — including those from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb — here.
Below, you can see the Senate’s full map and the Rockland/Westchester portion of the Assembly’s. (The Assembly Democrats’ full map is at the link above.) For comparison’s sake, you can find a current congressional map here.