N.Y. redistricting talks bog down

Michael Gianaris

May 16, 2011

Ithaca Journal wrote an article about redistricting reform. We must to rally together in order to get this inportant reform passed.

ALBANY -- With just five weeks to go before the Legislature breaks for the summer, talk at the Capitol has been driven by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legislative priorities: a property tax cap, an ethics overhaul and legalizing gay marriage.

Noticeably absent, however, has been much talk on redistricting reform, a major campaign issue that garnered significant attention earlier this session, but is still unresolved.

The Democrat-controlled Assembly and Republican-led Senate remain at odds, with neither side appearing ready to budge. For decades, lawmakers have drawn districts -- at times, creatively shaped and geographically diverse -- to protect incumbents and legislative majorities.

Bill Samuels, a Democrat who heads the reform-minded New Roosevelt Initiative, said he believes any hope of independent redistricting for 2012 is "99 percent dead."

Read the full article here.