A new congressional map drawn up by a federal magistrate judge has gotten a big thumbs up from Common Cause New York, a good-government group that has hounded the Legislature for months on redistricting.
In a conference call today, the group detailed what it likes about U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann’s plan — which is to say, just about everything.
“(Mann) has accomplished in days what the Legislature couldn’t do in months,” said Susan Lerner, Common Cause New York’s executive director. “She has produced a fair map that prioritizes communities of interest and reflects the regional makeup of New York state.”
Lerner said she was pleased to see Mann incorporate a number of districts that are near identical to the ones proposed by Common Cause, particularly on Long Island and in Monroe County.
She said there is nothing in Mann’s map that has left Common Cause unsatisfied, and said the proposal was a “vast improvement over the self-serving interests of the Legislature.” Currently, Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans are negotiating differences between their own congressional proposals, and both sides said they’d like to see an agreement before Mann’s map is finalized.
Here’s a district-by-district look at Mann’s proposal. A public hearing on her map will be held on March 15.