Republicans call newly created congressional districts ‘gerrymandering’

New and controversial congressional districts have been approved by the state Legislature, and some are saying the move is a power grab by Democrats.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2022, 5:27 PM

Updated 836 days ago

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New and controversial congressional districts have been approved by the state Legislature, and some are saying the move is a power grab by Democrats.
Voting along party lines, lawmakers in both the state Senate and Assembly passed a bill expanding the state's congressional maps on Wednesday.
The proposed maps would give the Democratic party an advantage in 22 of the state's 26 congressional districts.
Currently, Republicans hold eight of New York's 27 seats in Congress.
The lines are being redrawn following the 2020 census, which resulted in New York losing a seat in the House of Representatives.
The Legislature took over the map-drawing process after an independent redistricting commission failed to come to a consensus on new maps.
Republicans are slamming the proposed maps, calling it partisanship gerrymandering. Some Republican officials say they're considering legal action. Democratic say the maps simply address the reality of New York’s population shifts over the past decade.
People who spoke with News 12 say this is all just politics as usual. "People need to go out and vote. It doesn't matter where you live, which district. You just need to go out and vote," says Kelly Bullock, of Yonkers.
The maps will now go to Gov. Kathy Hochul's desk for review.


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