Win, lose or draw, political change is coming | Editorials
State Sen. Daphne Jordan moves on, State Sen. Michelle Hinchey gains some Columbia County, and Assemblyman Chris Tague stays put. A win, a loss, a tie – this is the score of the first unofficial redistricting lines.
Jordan pledged on Wednesday to seek re-election to a third term in a new Senate district that the Legislature has drawn further north in its electoral maps, cutting Columbia County off the border.
The 43rd District, which currently includes all of Columbia and Rensselaer counties and extends into areas of Washington County and Saratoga County, would have its boundaries limited to the state’s eastern border against Massachusetts and Vermont. , continuing south through most of Dutchess County. Jordan lives in the proposed 46th Senate District, representing a Democratic-leaning party in Saratoga County that backed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Greene and Columbia counties will share Hinchey’s representation if the new Senate lines proposed by the Legislative Assembly for the next decade are approved as expected this week. It is proposed that the current 46th Senate District include the western half of Columbia County as the 48th Senate District. Areas of the current district in Montgomery and Schenectady counties have been removed.
Tague will see a slight shift in his district expanding westward and no longer including the northwest corner of Columbia County, but the political swing will continue to tilt toward Republican. Tague will continue to represent all of Greene County, good news for the Republican-leaning county where Tague is immensely popular.
It is still early in this complex game. Governor Kathy Hochul refrained from commenting until she sees an adopted set of cards. Republican officials and a growing number of good government groups criticized the failure of the Independent Redistricting Commission, leaving the legislature to draw its own partisan maps. Many have said they will challenge the cards in court on gerrymandered lines in favor of Democrats, a fight that could take years.
The aftershocks could ripple through New York’s political structure for the next decade.