Notably, there is a new congressional district that stretches from Ithaca in central New York to Columbia County on the eastern border of New York. This most closely resembles the district currently held by Rep. Antonio Delgado, who will soon leave to become Governor Kath Hochul’s lieutenant governor.
But the most high-profile candidate to succeed Delgado after his departure was announced — Republican Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro — would now live in a different district made up of Dutchess, Orange County and a part of the county of Ulster.
The map would place Democratic Representative Paul Tonko’s residence in the seat currently occupied by Republican Representative Elise Stefanik. This district would lean strongly Republican.
The Albany area would be severed from Tonko’s home in Amsterdam and used to form a new Democratic-leaning seat.
Long Island would be drawn very differently than the Democratic plans that were rejected by a court in April. These plans would have had three Democratic-leaning districts and one Republican; the new map would lead to a Democratic one seat, a Republican one and two draws.
Cervas must also release new plans for the state Senate by Monday afternoon.
View the draft plan here.