New York Democrats could win 3 congressional seats under new maps

ALBANY, NY — New York lawmakers have introduced a redistricting plan that could see the size of the state’s Democratic delegation to Congress shrink from 19 to 22 members.

The cards should be approved in the coming week. Democrats, who have supermajorities in both houses of the Legislative Assembly, are poised to control the outcome of the mapping process in New York for the first time in generations.

New York’s 27-member congressional delegation currently includes 19 Democrats and eight Republicans. This delegation is expected to shrink to 26 members after the state’s population grew less rapidly than that of other states.

The Democratic plan would effectively explain that loss by eliminating the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, who lives in the Utica area. Much of Tenney’s seat would join the rotating district currently held by Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado, who would be drawn in to give Democrats a measurable advantage.

The new maps would also take the districts of Syracuse, Staten Island and Long Island that have been competitive for the past decade but elected Republicans in 2020 and make them more Democratic-friendly.

Lawmakers plan to pass the bills before concluding their weekly session on Wednesday. Governor Kathy Hochul indicated a month ago that she would sign all lines approved by the Legislative Assembly.

Here are some highlights of the Democratic proposal.

– The seat in East Long Island currently held by Republican Representative Lee Zeldin – who is not seeking another term due to his gubernatorial bid – would lose some pro-GOP districts to the district held by his compatriot Republican Andrew Garbarino and takes over parts of pro-democracy Towns.

The net result would be that two districts that have been competitive but consistently elected Republicans for the past decade would be transformed into one district that favors Democrats and another that favors the GOP.

– The seat held by another gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, previously included northwestern Nassau County and part of Queens. It has now been redesigned as a seat that would include most of the western shores of the Long Island Sound, capturing Oyster Bay on Long Island, parts of Queens and the Bronx, and places like Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Pelham in County Westchester.

—Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ swing neighborhood has included all of Staten Island as well as part of Brooklyn for several decades. It would still be the case.

But the moderate parts of Brooklyn that were included with the seat in the recent election would be replaced by neighborhoods like Park Slope that are solidly blue.

— Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado’s district would undergo the most significant change. The Hudson Valley siege would sweep further north into the state, capturing Binghamton, Utica, and suburban Albany.

That would make Delgado’s seat — which has been one of the most competitive in New York for the past decade — noticeably more favorable to Democrats. And the inclusion of the Utica area also means Tenney would share a Democratic-friendly neighborhood with Delgado.

The new district would also include the hometown of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran against Delgado and was widely seen as one of the most likely Republicans to flip a seat in New York in November. .

– Moderate Republican Rep. John Katko’s impending retirement from his Syracuse-area seat already made it harder for the GOP to hold a seat in a district that favored Joe Biden over Donald Trump by 9 percentage points. The new maps would add the deep blue Tompkins County, home of Ithaca, to this district.

– Two solidly red districts would remain in the western half of the state. One, resembling the seat held by incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Reed, would still stretch along much of the Pennsylvania border.

The other would most closely resemble the seat held by Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs. This would be reorganized into a massive district: stretching from the Niagara Falls region to Watertown while capturing all of Lake Ontario’s shoreline except for a splinter in Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle’s Rochester seat.

Republican Representative Elise Stefanik’s North Country District would remain comfortably Republican.

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