Redistricting in New York
The Legislature is expected at last to vote on redistricting next week — although not on a plan for new congressional seats. Its foot-dragging is undoing all of the goodwill gained from its cooperation with Gov. Cuomo last year.
The congressional plan, which was due last week, is about to wind up in the hands of a court-appointed special master. The state Senate and Assembly punted this core legislative responsibility to the judiciary.
As a high-school football coach recently put it on HBO’s Real Sports, “Punting is a sign of offensive failure.” The Legislature’s failure is offensive: Lawmakers surrendered to partisan and intraparty wrangling — giving credence to demands that redistricting be permanently handed to an independent commission.
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