After strangely delaying releasing what the actual State Legislative maps will look like under their latest proposal, Albany’s redistricting task force post finally released the maps this evening.
Like the State Senate plan that the Senate Democrats released earlier today, the State Assembly plan appears to change very little from the draft maps. The official release on the State Government website, however, provides additional detail.
While the Senate Republicans’ map appears to “decouple” a number of districts that had paired sitting Democratic incumbents like State Senators Mike Gianaris and José Peralta, the odd tentacle coming out of State Senator John Sampson’s district to absorb State Senate candidate Lew Fidler’s house appears to remain under the new proposal.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had originally called the maps “hyper-political” and vowed to veto them, has softened his language on the latest nearly-identical set of boundaries. Today, Mr. Cuomo said he saw “progress” on the new lines, which his staff members consulted with the Legislature on.