Redistricting commission sets up public hearings

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ALBANY, NY – The “New York State Independent Redistricting Commission” has released the schedule for its first round of public hearings.

The group is tasked with drawing the maps for congressional and state legislative districts based on the results of the 2020 Census.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca has more on where the commission is at in the process, and where it goes from here.

Later this month virtual regional redistricting hearings will begin.

The so-called “Independent Redistricting Commission’s” goal is to hold these before the U.S. Census Bureau’s official data is expected to be released in August.=

That information will ultimately be used to help them create the new maps.

Jennifer Wilson with the Leage of Women Voters of New York State says the initial hearings will help fill in the gaps the Census doesn’t pick up.

((Jennifer Wilson, League of Women Voters of New York Deputy Director))
What you should really be thinking about is if your community is split in any way, how is that going to impact you for the next ten years?

She says some things to consider are water quality issues, underfunded schools and poor roads that could be a result of gerrymandering in the past.

((Jennifer Wilson, League of Women Voters of New York Deputy Director))
If you look at these problems, you may notice the reason why you’re having these problems is the elected official who represents you doesn’t feel like they need your vote to be re-elected because of how your district has been drawn.

The first redistricting proposal will be made public on September 15th. Following that, there will be more hearings.

((Jennifer Wilson, League of Women Voters of New York Deputy Director))
New Yorkers should also know that there will be a second round of hearings as well after draft maps are released in early September.

The Commission also has a new website at NYIRC.GOV.

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