Apparently Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos wasn’t talking out of his hat: Quiet as a little redistricting mouse, the website for LATFOR has changed its FAQ page to justify the creation of a 63rd Senate seat. The panel swapped a 2002 memo explaining how the chamber earns 62 seats for one dated Jan. 5 that says current Census data calls for the addition of a new district.
Both memos were prepared by Michael Carvin — I swear on a stack of Bibles that’s his real name — of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Jones Day.
Update: Sen. Martin Dilan is shocked, shocked at the change to the website of a legislative panel on which he serves as a member:
“I can’t believe how brazen Senator Skelos and the Republican Conference are to suggest a 63rd Senate seat. In all my years in public service, I have never seen a conference so shamelessly renege on a promise to voters, actively impede public access, and then blatantly ignore the State Constitution they swore to uphold.
“This is nothing more than an illegal power grab by the Senate Republicans. Not once did LATFOR leadership convene a meeting to discuss the size of the Senate, at least one in public or with good intentions. Nor were members given an opportunity to discuss the prisoner reallocation data.
“What Senate Republicans proposed today is abhorrent and yet another slap in the face of the people of New York and their public servants. This dangerous game only makes Governor Cuomo’s veto threat more real and necessary. And almost guarantees any redistricting decision will end up before judges, not legislators.”