State Senate’s top Republican predicts addition of 1 member
BuffaloNews.com wrote an article about the redistricting process and the Senate Republican's unreasonable effort to maintain their thin majority, which Senator Gianaris believes is despicable.
Despite the state’s anemic population growth, the Senate’s top Republican said his legislative chamber is likely to grow by one senator, to a total of 63, during this year’s redistricting process.
Senate Democrats immediately dismissed the move as an illegal bid by the Republicans merely to maintain their thin majority. Senate Republicans pushed through a similar one-seat increase 10 years ago to help keep control of the Senate.
“This confirms that the current process cannot provide a fair result,” said Sen. Michael N. Gianaris of Queens, who heads the State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. “To tear up the State Constitution in order to maintain political power is despicable but, unfortunately, not unexpected.”
Read the full article here.
Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 00:00