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Redistricting committee meets for the first time


ALBANY, N.Y.-- The Albany County Redistricting Committee met on Thursday night for the first of many meetings to come.

With less than two weeks away from the release of the 2010 U.S. Census numbers and with the likely population shifts, some serious work for the Albany County Redistricting Committee is to be expected.

The meeting didn't deal with specifics but simply dealt with the technology being used to redraw district maps. However, this didn't stop some in the crowd from sharing their opinions.

"We have now got a proposal together to downsize this council from 15 down to 9," said Tim Carney, a former State Senate candidate.

Carney added that now is the perfect time to "right-size" the state, redraw the lines, shrink the amount of politicians and solve some budget problems.  

The Redistricting Committee Chairman said it's impossible to please everybody when it comes to redistricting. He added that it isn't political but rather about figuring out what's best for the people that are actually voting and being represented.  

More meetings and public hearings will be held in the next few weeks so the committee may achieve their ultimate goal to figure out the redistricting by June

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