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Lawsuit Adds to New York’s Redistricting State of Flux

“New York’s entire political calendar is in a state of flux,” he added.

The state Senate is pushing legislation for an August primary date, while the Assembly put forth a bill for a June primary date. Both pieces of legislation remain stalled.

The lawsuit, Favors, et al. v. Cuomo, et al., filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, notes that a June primary would mean the candidate-petitioning and party-nominating process would begin in February.

The Empire State lost two Congressional seats in the reapportionment process.

Because of significant population loss in the western part of the state, Members who represent that region, such as Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle (R), Kathy Hochul (D), Brian Higgins (D) and Louise Slaughter (D), are considered particularly vulnerable to being drawn into a district with another Member. Rep. Bob Turner (R), who won an upset victory three months ago in the Queens- and Brooklyn-based 9th district, probably faces a similar threat.

But how a special master, if one were appointed, would draw lines remains opaque. Perhaps the only thing that is clear in the Empire State’s redistricting process is that the clock is ticking.

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