Despite campaign promises of a more independent and less political redistricting process, Democratic leaders from the Assembly and Republicans from the Senate are poised to soon release maps designed to ensure each political party will retain its power in each legislative chamber.
“We haven’t done the maps yet,” said Assemblyman John J. McEneny, an Albany lawmaker who is the Democrats’ point man on the task. But McEneny and others involved are beginning to meet with state lawmakers from their parties to update them.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, said he was expecting an update on the 120th District in coming days.
Valesky and Miller are less likely to get that kind of sneak peak before the state’s Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research — a group of lawmakers and appointees closely watched by Albany leadership — releases the maps to the public. Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, is also on the task force.