ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Steuben County judge ruled that the New York State redistricting maps were drawn with political bias. This comes after 14 Steuben County residents filed a lawsuit claiming the maps were gerrymandered, favoring Democrats.
The Senate district map gave two new seats were given to New York City and subtracted from Upstate. The judge’s ruling on Thursday stated that lawmakers have until April 11 to submit new Senate, Assembly, and Congressional maps that meet constitutional requirements. According to the New York State Board of Elections (BOE), were the judge’s decision, affirmed through the court of appeals, it would only affect those state Senate, Assembly, and House of Representatives offices, and that there is the potential for a new primary date in August.
The map would impact Republican Senator Jim Tedisco’s current district. “This judge got it right,” stated Tedisco. “He understood what the people were concerned about—what we have been saying all along. This is total gerrymandering. It’s the nuclear option.”
In a statement, Mike Murphy—spokesperson for the New York State Senate Majority—said, “This is one step in the process. We always knew this case would be decided by the appellate courts. We are appealing this decision and expect this decision will be stayed as the appeal process proceeds.” BOE later confirmed that a stay was ordered.