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NY GOP seeks meeting with Dems to redraw electoral precincts

Republican state lawmakers are ‘ready, willing and able’ to help redraw electoral precincts a judge found to be illegally manipulated by Democrats, they said on Friday – as the state’s GOP leader has blamed Governor Kathy Hochul.

“He’s not just a gerrymander, we call him a Hochulmander,” said state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy, blaming the gerrymandering on Hochul and saying she wanted to try to preserve the very majority. thin of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.

“Kathy Hochul is directly responsible for the outcome of these cards…She was going to use her power to gerrymand the districts to make sure that [President] Joe Biden has the votes for his disastrous agenda.

State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) and 20 other Republican lawmakers offered to meet with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​(D-Yonkers) and the Speaker of the Carl Heastie Assembly (D-The Bronx) in the State Capitol in Albany.

But a spokesman for Stewart-Cousins ​​said there would be no negotiations pending an appeal of Thursday’s court ruling that rejected the redistricting plan approved in February by Hochul and his fellow Democrats. who control both houses of the Legislative Assembly.

The state’s Independent Redistricting Commission released the Democrats’ proposed map.
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Steuben County State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister gave lawmakers an April 11 deadline to propose new bipartisan maps or else the job will be given to a court-appointed ‘neutral expert’ .

McAllister warned that the process would not only be “expensive” for taxpayers, but might not produce a map of Congress by August 23, which he said is the last possible date to hold party primaries before the November 8 elections.

“In light of this decision, we look forward to working together to create maps that most accurately represent New York State voters,” Ortt and Republicans said in a letter to Democratic leaders.

“We are ready, willing and able.”

Republicans have said maps drawn by Democrats could cost the GOP three congressional seats currently held by freshman Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-Binghamton) and Rep. John Katko (R-Auburn), who is retiring.

NY GOP seeks meeting with Dems to redraw electoral precincts
The state’s Independent Redistricting Commission released the map proposed by Republicans.
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Democrats now outnumber Republicans 221-209 in the House, with five seats vacant.

In Malliotakis’ case, his district was carved up to remove conservative-leaning neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn, including Dyker Heights and Bath Beach, while adding Sunset Park, Gowanus and Park Slope, some of the most liberal areas in the city. arrondissement.

Conservative parties were added to the winding S-shaped neighborhood of Manhattan represented by Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who served in Congress for three decades.

Spokespersons for Hochul and Heastie did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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