Newly redrawn NY congressional and senate districts maps released overnight
The final maps were released overnight for New York's congressional and state senate districts.
The new maps make it clear where each district stands and which New Yorkers they will serve.
These maps are redrawn every 10 years.
New maps were adopted back in February, but they were deemed unconstitutional in April on the basis that they gerrymandered and favored Democrats, so the state's highest court ordered that they be redrawn.
News 12 spoke with a political expert and Farmingdale State College Professor Christopher Malone to learn what changes voters need to be aware of when it comes to the Congressional races.
"The Bronx, probably will look, after all is said and done, after the election in November, the elected officials, will probably look the same," Malone explained.
But Malone added the same cannot be said for Brooklyn or Manhattan, which is no longer split between East and West.
"It's been sliced North and South. So, the 10th District, which is southern Manhattan, like Midtown all the way to Brooklyn, will reunite two Asian communities: Chinatown and Sunset Park," Malone said.
This newly created Congressional district has already attracted several candidates, which include former Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Mondaire Jones, who currently serves the 17th Congressional District that represents parts of Westchester County.
"He's decided that he's going to come down and represent a district that he has no residency in or any historical ties, really," Malone said.
And Jones may not be the only person debating a move.
Based on the new map, current State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi no longer lives in Congressional District 3 where she was vying for a seat. In fact, the newly drawn district is exclusively Long Island.
"In order to run for the 3rd Congressional District, she doesn't have to live there during the campaign, but she would have to move into the district if she was elected," Malone said.
Another big shake up is in New York's 12th Congressional District in Manhattan. The new lines pit long time Democrats Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler against each other.
"One is 74 years old, one is 76 years old. They are powerful chairs of committees in Congress and one of them is not going to have a seat at the end of all of this," Malone said.
News 12 reached out to State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi to see if she plans on running but have not yet heard back.
As for what's next in terms of the Congressional and State Senate primaries, they will be held in late August.
To see the newly drawn maps, follow this link.
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