Albany Dems ask court to let panel draw new assembly lines in 2024
Try, try again.
Albany Democrats want to return to a much-criticized panel to redraw the lines of the Assembly District despite a recent history of failure that has led congressional Democrats to continue in a desperate bid for political survival.
A legal filing this week in Manhattan Supreme Court details the Democratic Party’s efforts to empower the Independent Redistricting Commission after the bipartisan panel stalled as planned on new maps for Congress and the state legislature more early this year – a development that ultimately left Democrats roughly gerrymandering the lines, which were later thrown out by the courts.
“Since a court – the Appellate Division – ordered that the State Assembly districts be changed, the plain language of Article III [of the state Constitution] mandates that the IRC initiate the constitutional process to bring the Court-ordered revisions to the Assembly District,” the legal filing reads.
The filing, first reported by WSKG, marks the latest twist in a redistricting process that has plagued Democrats since the state Court of Appeals overturned their preferred lines for Congress and the US legislature. State in April.
Court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas then created new maps for the state Senate and Congress that fueled a civil war between Democrats in New York, with longtime incumbents like Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney now embroiled in tough election battles. before the August 23 primary elections.
But legal details kept the Assembly lines in place for months before they were also struck down by a court, allowing new lines favorable to the Assembly to remain in place this year before be phased out by 2024.
Democrats are pushing the court to allow the commission to draw up a new map in hopes of getting a relatively favorable outcome over a court-appointed special master like Cervas.
“The corrupt lawmakers who got us into this mess want the remedy back to the IRC. They want this because they think the IRC will have a high probability of not passing the cards again, which could then be sent back to the legislature. We want to skip the bureaucratic hurdles and go straight to a special master,” said New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax, who filed the original lawsuit challenging Assembly lines with political gadfly Gary Greenberg and l former gubernatorial candidate Paul Nichols. Wednesday.
Oral arguments are scheduled for August 19, according to Wax, who added that the date could change.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Governor Kathy Hochul, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and the Demographic Research and Redistribution Task Force that developed new maps on behalf of legislators.
A spokesperson for Heastie did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday on the brief filed on behalf of the Democratic supermajority in the 150-member chamber.
“We need to get the process right, and the only way to do that for the foreseeable future is to take it out of the hands of an interested legislature, until they can demonstrate that people come first,” added Nichols in a separate email. .