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Redistricting maps elicit mixed reaction

The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reappointment has suggested adding another district to the Senate, and dramatically redrawing Senate lines in the Capital District.

The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reappointment has suggested adding another district to the Senate, and dramatically redrawing Senate lines in the Capital District.

— His proposed new district would suit him just fine, though.

“If I had to move, I can’t think of any greater towns than Providence, Clifton Park and Halfmoon,” said Tedisco. “Wherever I am, I’m going to be a strong, powerful voice to stand up to the special interests that in many instances didn’t have the best interests of constituents at heart.”

Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Wilton, said he was “disappointed” to lose many of the communities he represented in the 43rd but stands behind shifts necessary to create the 63rd Senate seat.

“The newly created upstate district is a great way to ensure that we are not forgotten due to the dominance of New York City. Due to a larger population base residing south of Poughkeepsie, we run the risk of unintentionally being overtaken and forgotten by a larger majority. We can’t have the New York State Legislature simply be a variation of the New York City Council,” said McDonald.

The changes put forth by the LATFOR may end up being little more than a starting point, however. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened to veto the plans, saying they are partisan, which would send the process into the courts.

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