Our view: Don’t delay commission on redistricting

Michael Gianaris

March 24, 2011

The Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and the importance of passing Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill  as opposed to introducing the issue as a constitutional amendment, which requires a much lengthier process and would not get the much-needed reform done now.

A plan by state Senate Republicans to create an independent commission to redraw district lines through a constitutional amendment is little more than an attempt to derail real reform.

Contact state legislators and tell them to reject it.

Instead, a plan proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be advanced because it offers the best hope for getting an independent commission in place in time for the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ plan would delay the process another decade, and that’s not acceptable.

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