Federal Judge Is Named to Help Oversee Redistricting in New York – NYTimes.com

A panel of federal judges on Tuesday refused to dismiss a challenge to New York State’s redistricting process and instead named a federal magistrate judge to help create new political maps.

The panel ordered lawyers for legislative leaders and others involved in the case to convene at the Brooklyn federal courthouse on Monday. The judges said lawyers should be prepared to provide suggestions to the magistrate judge, Roanne L. Mann, “to assist her in preparing a redistricting plan, deadlines and the appointment of experts.”

via Federal Judge Is Named to Help Oversee Redistricting in New York – NYTimes.com.

The Legislature’s foot-dragging is undoing the progress made last year in repairing its much maligned reputation for dysfunction. The congressional maps were due this week.

It’s obvious that the Senate and Assembly are at an impasse. But they should not punt on this important legislative responsibility. Doing so, gives credence to the effort to create an independent redistricting commission.

The Legislature continues to satisfy its critics and disappoint its supporters.

Related news: “We don’t have any time to dally, in my opinion,” stated Governor Cuomo. My response, “where has Gov. Cuomo been these many months since I and others warned of the slow progress and coming election year chaos?”

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Judge-takes-over-redistricting-3364883.php#ixzz1nhFBKVer

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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