In a letter sent today to Bonacic and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Koch noted the bill in question – S3331 – “would not apply for the current redistricting cycle to be completed next year and therefore would not meet the requirements of the New York Uprising pledge, which specifies that the reforms apply to the redistricting pursuant to the 2010 Census.”
The former mayor says that if the Republicans want to go the constitutional amendment route, which requires passage by two separately elected Legislatures and a public referendum, after passing a bill that would apply to the 2012 elections, “no one would object to that.”
Koch does not employ the dreaded “e” word – that would be “enemy” of course – either in this letter or at a press conference at City Hall in Lower Manhattan this afternoon. He appears to be holding out hope that a deal might yet be worked out and sticking to the “more flies with honey” strategy for the moment.
There will be robocalls going out, although there’s no date set for those yet, in which Koch tells constituents of senators who signed his NY Uprising pledge that they now appearing to be renegging on that promise.