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Senate GOP advances constitutional fix

ALBANY — Senate majority Republicans have advanced a constitutional amendment to reform New York’s notorious gerrymandering.

But in a critical committee vote Monday, Democrats opposed the measure, which wouldn’t take effect for a decade.
Democrats called the Republican move a ploy to delay the issue past the next election.

They support a bill that would be effective before next year’s elections. That would be before the Republican majority could use the current system to redraw election districts to protect its power.

Democrats say the Republicans are blocking reform. But a video has surfaced of a 2010 interview with Sen. John Sampson, leader of the then-Democratic majority, arguing against the bill his party is now slamming Republicans for opposing.

Sampson’s spokesman says the senator was simply outlining his valid concerns at the time.