Sunday, August 7, 2011

It’s redistricting roulette in upstate New York

After former congressman’s Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) resignation in June, a whole bunch of members of Congress in the New York metro area breathed a big sigh of relief.

The state is losing two congressional districts before 2012; Weiner essentially sent his district to the gallows, relieving the anxiety of downstate politicians of being targeted. But, when it comes to upstate New York everyone is still holding their breath about where the seat will be removed.

One of the state’s nine upstate districts will be destroyed. That much we know. But, the rest is fuzzy.

The Fix aims to bring clarity in all political matters so below is a look at how the situation Upstate could be resolved. Of course, the redistricting process in New York won’t start in earnest until next year so this situation could could in any number of directions.

Before we get to that, though, make sure to take a look at the current congressional map to get a sense for where things stand,

There are a few relatively safe assumptions we can make at the start:

1. Since the state is losing two seats and control of the state legislature is split, each party is likely to lose one seat. Since Weiner’s district is a Democratic one, it follows that the Upstate district that gets cut will likely be a Republican one.

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