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Legislature poised to pass its election lines

ALBANY — The Senate Republican and Assembly Democratic majorities are preparing to pass their own redistricting plan even as it’s condemned by good-government groups as gerrymandering to protect their political interests.

Negotiations continue with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass a law and set in motion a constitutional amendment. That would make some use of an independent panel in the next redistricting in 2022.

The Assembly’s caucus of black and Latino members says Wednesday they may vote against the Assembly lines because it is part of a bill that includes Senate lines drawn by the majority in that chamber. The caucus says the Senate lines divide racial minority neighborhoods, reducing their political voices.

Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY says the lines will serve politicians, not New Yorkers, for the next 10 years.