The politicians are claiming that redistricting is political...No kidding....Of course it is....
St. Lawrence County is now split among three Senate districts and Central NY Members of Assembly now see tenticles from their districts plunging into the North Country. Meanwhile Assemblywoman Addie Russells district is barely changed by only adding Sackets Harbor where her chief of staff lives.
The same thing will be done soon at the County level where the planners will put together a map that protects incumbents while adhering to case law on what can and cannot be subdivided.
Look at it this way. Now we have four Assembly members and three Senators with an interest in our region.
I don't envy Ken Blankenbush, who just got elected two years ago and now has to hang out in the suburbs of Rome, NY to meet his new constituents. There's a lot of good restaurants there for sure, but it will cut in to Ken's time at Pete's.
Watertown Daily Times Lawmakers release lines met with stern rebuke