Albany Democrats are launching a new congressional map that bears a striking resemblance to the so-called “Hochulmander” struck down by the state Court of Appeals last week.
Super-blue Park Slope would still be part of the Staten Island-based district currently represented by Republican Representative Nicole Malliotakis, according to maps submitted by Democrats over the weekend to a court-appointed special master now tasked with redrawing the lines .
Upstate swaths of the state currently represented by Republicans would also lean further left relative to the current map of Congress, under the Democrats’ redesign. And they would be better placed to return a seat to Long Island as well, although it is the South Shore district currently held by GOP Rep. Andrew Garbarino, rather than the Suffolk-based district held by incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin, that would now favor Democrats, according to a rendering of the districts offered by CUNY mapping services.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the state Senate Democrats referred the Post to a memo submitted to state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister, who ruled for the first time against the Congress card at the end of March.
“We hope you will agree that the plan proposed by the Legislative Assembly is neutral and fair, that it pays appropriate attention to maintaining the electoral strength of minorities and that it appropriately balances the objectives of compactness and maintaining cores of prior constituencies, pre-existing political subdivisions and communities of interest,” the memo reads.
The memo is the first time New York Democrats have offered detailed explanations of the lines their state House and Senate supermajorities approved weeks before the Court of Appeals confirmed they were an illegal gerrymander under a 2014 amendment to the state constitution.
New lines for the state senate were also overruled for procedural reasons.
“They are not serious and have no credibility after being caught brazenly trying to scan illegal maps,” said Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy – who called the maps Hochulmander biased because they were sanctioned by the governor – in a statement. the proposal supported by the Democrats.
Goldenberg defended the controversial Congressional reshuffle proposed by Democrats, saying they would better help minority groups like Asian Americans elect more representatives from their own community.
“We recognize that District 11 in the adopted plan has been the subject of considerable controversy. Its detractors claimed that its form could only be explained by partisanship. We respectfully submit that those who have been quick to criticize the enacted District 11 have failed to recognize that, as noted above, it enables the unification of a rapidly growing Chinese-American community that had been fractured” , wrote Goldenberg in the note on the district currently. represented by Malliotakis.
The proposed map is one of many submitted over the weekend, including by Republican plaintiffs who challenged lines approved by the Legislative Assembly, to court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas, a highly respected expert on Redistricting Matters, which has until May 20 to submit new maps for Congress and the state Senate to McAllister for his approval.
State lawmakers approved the now-cancelled Congressional and Senate maps after members of the Independent Redistricting Commission, established by the 2014 amendment, failed to agree on a single set of maps for the state legislature and the United States House.
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