New York State Court of Appeals Redistricting Methods — Constitutionality Cohen, et al. v. Cuomo, et al. No. 135 Per Curiam Background: The petitioners commenced a special proceeding seeking a declaration that Chapter 16 of the Laws of 2012, insofar as it expands the size of the New York State Senate from 62 to 63 [...]
ALBANY — In a blow to New York Democrats, the Obama administration on Friday decided not to object to the Republican-devised redistricting plan that added a seat to the state Senate. The Republican plan, signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been criticized by good-government groups, and Senate Democrats are challenging the plan [...]
ALBANY — New York’s top court is weighing a constitutional challenge by state Senate Democrats who claim Republicans improperly used two different formulas to redraw the election map that created a 63rd Senate district upstate. The Court of Appeals has expedited the case, hearing arguments Thursday after a trial-level judge found that using the different [...]
The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area will host an open forum to discuss results of a recent study by the Center of Governmental Research regarding redistricting. The purpose is to clarify misconceptions regarding new district lines and educate registered voters as to in which districts they now reside. The open discussion [...]
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting his popularity and his early record on the line as never before as the Legislature digs in for the first time over issues that will affect New Yorkers for 10 years. The Democratic governor is insisting the Legislature adopt a less expensive pension system for future public workers. [...]
ALBANY — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s path on redistricting will break his promise to reform the process. Koch also says Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos is not honorable because he broke his commitment. Koch led the New York Uprising group that secured the signed pledge of nearly every [...]
ALBANY — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch declared Tuesday to be “retribution day” for 42 state lawmakers he said broke written campaign promises to enact nonpartisan redistricting. “Once having won, they have reneged,” Koch told reporters in a teleconference.
ALBANY — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for independent redistricting of legislative districts. His proposal is aimed at ending the powerful tool the Assembly and Senate majorities have used to protect their power.
ALBANY — The leaders of New York’s powerful legislative majorities aren’t backing a proposal for independent, nonpartisan redrawing of election district lines aimed at making races more competitive.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prisoners will soon be bigger players in those high-stakes redistricting fights, even if unwittingly, thanks to a change in federal policy governing how they’re to be counted in the 2010 census.