A Week Ahead Of Schedule, Special Master Releases Draft Congressional Map

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A federal magistrate judge on Tuesday released her own plan for carving the state into 27 congressional districts, increasing pressure on state lawmakers to reach their own deal as the clock winds down on a potential compromise.

Like separate maps proposed by the Senate and Assembly majorities last week, U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann’s proposal would drop the Southern Tier and mid-Hudson Valley seat of retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat who will leave Congress at the end of the year. Mann’s map would put Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, in a district containing most of Monroe County, including the city of Rochester.

The Monroe towns of Hamlin, Wheatland, Mendon and Rush would be placed in a western New York district currently without an incumbent, though it includes the former residence of Rep. Kathy Hochul. A Democrat, Hochul moved from Hamburg to Amherst in Erie County after winning a special election last year. Hochul was placed in the same district as Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

In the Hudson Valley, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, would see her district pick up all of Rockland County in addition to Westchester’s northwestern towns. Parts of Rockland County currently belong to the district of Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx, who would see his lines shift to include the southernmost municipalities in Westchester, including all of Yonkers and New Rochelle.

The district of Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, would stay relatively in tact, including Westchester’s northwestern towns and all of Putnam and Orange counties.

Mann’s map was released a week ahead of schedule, one day after she held a hearing in Brooklyn that centered on whether she should consider where incumbents live while drafting her own map. She will hold another public hearing on the maps on March 15 in federal court in Brooklyn, and then would have three days to finalize her maps. The petitioning period for potential congressional candidates to get on a primary ballot begins March 20.

Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans, unable to reach a deal on their own, filed separate proposals in court last week. Both agreed on eliminating Hinchey’s seat, but varied widely in how they split up New York City’s outer boroughs and large swaths of upstate. The two sides have continued negotiations, and could still come to a compromise before Mann’s work is finished.

The state’s congressional delegation will be reduced from 29 to 27 beginning in 2013, because of slow population growth.

Here’s Mann’s proposal, posted early this morning:

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  1. Jewish voter on

    This map completely nullifies South Brooklyn’s Jewish vote (We have enough Jews for a district and it was submitted to the court) and therefore this map is anti semetic and it’s author Roanne Mann a antismeite.

  2. You would like also twenty F-22 Raptors for your proposed South Brooklyn district?

  3. Jewish voter on

    please give me a non anti semetic justification for a district that includes Harlem and Borough Park.

    There was a Jewish majority district that was proposed that was more compact then all but one the disticts on this map, and still fit in 100% with the voting rights act. The only reason why there isn’t one is unjustice Mann is a anti semite.

  4. How about a district that’s 100% atheist or Roman Catholic? If you don’t have one of those for each, you’re anti-atheistic and anti-Catholic.

  5. Jewish voter on

    explain to me the difference between Jews and blacks in this regards unless your against the voting rights act.
    also I’ll like to know what you think a fair way to make Congressional lines would be if we don’t unite groups of interest.

    personally I think your just an anti semite which would answer all questions.

  6. Seems if Golda Meir came back to life and disagreed with you on something, you’d call her an anti-semite. Find a new paranoia.

  7. Jewish voter on

    seems you would defend Hitler from anit semetisim if this was any other minority you would probably be up in arms.

  8. Weeping Willow on

    You see an enemy behind every tree. Either move out of the forest or check yourself in to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Psychiatric Center.

  9. just the facts on

    to “jewish voter” why exactly do you think jews aer entitled to their own congressional district?
    you are an american of jewish heritage..you are entitled to vote in a congressional district
    that is drawn fairly..not drawn to favor any one particular group..it seems to me there
    are plenty of jews in congress so they clearly have no problem gettting elected senator
    schumer is jewish, joe lieberman is jewish, eric cantor the majority leader of the house is jewish
    nita lowey in westchester is jewish elliot engel is jewish…diane fienstein and barbar boxer both
    senators are jewish and debbie waserman schultz is jewish among many others…so why is
    it that a particular neighborhood in brooklyn is entitled to its own congressman..could it be
    that not only are you jewish..but you are a highly observant orthodox jew who wants a congressman to represent your sect..not your religion…and why are you entitled to that?

  10. Ever sit at a traffic light next to some tatted up Greenwich teenager with his baseball cap on sideways and rap music blaring out the open window? Being black IS sometimes a choice.

  11. Jewish voter on

    We don’t want a “Jewish” congressman but someone who looks out for our values and interests which because of the anti semetic gerrymandering in NY have been coming from areas that have almost no jews.

    nullifying the jewish vote in the most jewish area in the country is 100% anti semetic anyone who doesn’t see it is either blind or also an anti semite. there is no area in the country as gerrymander as Brooklyn’s jewish community and you have to be a complete idot not see what it’s based on.