THE PATCH: NEW STATE SENATE, ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS PROPOSED
In part one of an occasional series on state redistricting, we look at redrawn territories, released today, for state senators and Assembly members.
New state legislative districts that reflect population shifts seen in the 2010 census were released today.
The maps are published on the website of a legislative task force that drew the new district boundaries. Guided by population data, and likely a welter of political considerations, the bipartisan task force—its members selected by the Legislature’s divided leadership—has defined a new state political map in time for November’s elections. Those maps now go to the Assembly and State Senate for a vote. After that, they would go to the governor for a signature or veto, which has been threatened in the event of obvious gerrymandering.
Though its work could influence electoral politics for at least the next decade, the task force toiled in secret, deciding behind closed doors on revised shapes and locations for the state’s 150 Assembly districts and, in a one-seat increase, 63 State Senate districts.
If the proposed new districts become official, Mount Pleasant will become part of Senate District 40, which includes North Castle, Mount Kisco, Cortlandt, Peekskill, Somers, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in Westchester; as well as Carmel, Southeast, Patterson, Pawling and Beekman in Putnam County.
Said District 40 State Senator Greg Ball in a statement, “My focus before and after re-districiting will continue to be on job creation, lowering taxes and working with Govern Cuomo to get New York State back on track.”
He continued, “I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the seniors, veterans, small business owners, taxpayers and hardworking families in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. As a Senator I welcome the new and exciting opportunity to now fight and deliver for both New Castle and Mount Pleasant.” (READ MORE)