Judge Issues Alternative Redistricting Plan

March 6, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Part of a redistricting map drawn by federal Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann that shows new lines in Queens and Brooklyn. (Courtesy of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York)

NEW YORK—If state legislators don’t agree on a redistricting plan by March 20, federal Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann’s plan may go into effect.

Brooklyn voters had challenged the Legislature’s redistricting plan, which many called partisan and gerrymandered. A three-judge panel tasked Mann with redrawing the lines.

Mann proposes eliminating the Hudson Valley district of Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who is retiring, and Rep. Bob Turner’s district in Queens, to meet requirements that two seats be axed due to New York’s proportionally shrinking population.

Republican senators had fought to protect Turner’s seat, while Democrat assembly members sought to eliminate it.

Nomination petitions will begin circulating on March 20, at which time the lines should be determined. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will veto the Legislature’s plan if he finds it gerrymandered, in which case Mann’s plan may be put in place.

Cuomo is pushing for a constitutional amendment to create an independent redistricting process in 2020.