Thursday, February 24, 2011

Democrats say Republicans are backing away from Cuomo's redistricting bill

ALBANY -- Senate Democrats are furious over what they describe as the Republican majority's attempt to scuttle Gov. Andrew Cuomo's redistricting bill by using a new reading of the chamber's rules to prevent senators from co-sponsoring the legislation.

Democrats claim Majority Leader Dean Skelos, an avowed supporter of nonpartisan redistricting who has become lukewarm on the question since taking control of the chamber, is trying to create the illusion that Cuomo's plan is an orphan.

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