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Critics pan county redistricting map, process

In the Town of Bethlehem, the plan calls for the 36th district to be adjusted to fit inside the town instead of jutting into Coeymans. The lines in the more densely-populated Delmar area were also shifted in several places, meaning if the map is adopted many residents would see their representation change.

The legislature is under the gun to have the revised lines in place by June 7, when candidates for office can start gathering petition signatures. If the new districts aren't adopted by then, it's possible another election would have to be held in 2012 for the new districts, which would not only be an inconvenience but an added cost for the county.

The redistricting will take the form of a local law, so a formal public hearing will have to be held.

To view the map, visit www.albanycounty.com/legislature/redistricting.asp. ""

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