State’s new Senate maps set for 2012; judges toss Rockland County complaint (Updated)

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A panel of three federal judges denied a motion for an injunction to immediately stop the implementation of new state Senate and Assembly maps, meaning theythe Senate maps will officially be in place for elections this fall.

UPDATE: The Assembly maps were still awaiting clearance from the Department of Justice, which they received Friday.

The trial over the various redistricting complaints will still move ahead, but won’t be completed by the 2012 elections.

The decision not to grant a preliminary injunction was a win for Senate Republicans, who had drawn the Senate map that had been the target of criticism from good-government advocates. It’s a blow to Senate Democrats, who had lost a state-level challenge on the addition of a 63rd Senate district and were hoping that the three-judge panel would step in on the separate challenge.

I am extremely pleased with this decision, and it ensures the state can administer an orderly and fair election this fall,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said in a statement.

The panel of judges did toss a complaint from a Ramapo town councilman who had claimed that the new state Assembly districts unfairly marginalized the Hasidic Jewish vote in the Rockland County town. Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats jointly filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which was granted yesterday in federal court.

Here’s the series of decisions that came out of Brooklyn yesterday:

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