In 2014 NY residents will vote on a constitutional amendment to "reform" the decennial redrawing of legislative districts by creating a ten member body to recommend maps. The notion is to take the "politics" out of the process, although one would think it's hard to take politics out of politics.
Eight of the ten members will be chosen by the legislative leaders, people who are well marinated in the increasingly spurned world of elephants and donkeys. They will be people with a June O'Neill-like devotion to party.
The four Republicans and four Democrats will then pick two other members who are not aligned with a party (not registered in a party for previous five years). Gee, that could be me.
Those members will then be subject to all sorts of influence peddling and deal making.
People who think an independent, bi-partisan commission can function outside of party influence need only ask President Samuel Tilden.
Besides, if you look at the new 46th Senate District, even a gerrymandered map can blow up in the face of the perpetrators.
Watertown Daily Times | N.Y. redistricting