Redistricting process set to begin in New York

With the 2010 census now complete, the lines will soon change for some congressional and state legislative districts in New York.

The state Legislature redraws their own as well as congressional district lines in a reflection of census data.

There have been calls for an independent commission to draw up new district lines, and take it out of the hands of politicians who can use the process to protect their own jobs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has proposed such a commission to draw up the district lines before next year's elections and a bill to do that was introduced in the state Legislature.

However, the measure is apparently going nowhere because the state constitution specifically says the state Legislature will do redistricting.

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