ALBANY – The commission charged with setting the political boundaries of New York City is making another breakthrough in reshaping the state wards of the Congregation.
A Manhattan judge ruled on Thursday that the bipartisan Independent Restrictions Commission must conduct public hearings and submit the Congregation’s new 2020 Census-based maps to the legislator by the end of next April.
This decision is the final chapter in the sloppy redistribution saga that resulted in New York holding two separate primaries this year.
“There is no doubt that the redistribution process did not work as intended,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laurence Love wrote in his decision.
A court earlier this year challenged the invalidity of maps drawn up by the Democrat-controlled legislature after the 10-member IRC was unable to agree on new lines for state districts of the Senate, Assembly and Congress.
Primary elections for the seats of the House of Representatives and the state senate were postponed to August after a court-appointed special champion was given the task of creating new neighborhoods.
Dem’s drawn constituencies were declared unconstitutional by a five-judge appeal court commission in June, although they still allowed scrap maps to be used during the June primaries and the current election cycle.
Courts at all levels said Democrats manipulated Congressional maps to favor themselves and violated the 2014 constitutional provision, which set up an independent commission to remove politics from the redistribution process.
Now, as Love notes in her ruling, “the circumstances have given everyone a rare opportunity to have a second bite of the apple.”
“There is ample time to follow as closely as possible the constitutional procedure approved by the people of New York State,” he added.
The decision can still be appealed, which further complicates the complex process.
Gary Greenberg, co-owner of Vernon Downs Casino and a longtime advocate for child s*xual abuse rights advocate who is part of the process that sparked the decision, called Love’s ruling “gross and disgraceful.”
“A political agreement was made in the Assembly between the two political parties to protect those present,” said Greenberg. “This is another shady day in Albany’s corrupt judicial and legislative system.”
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