There are currently 29 Congressional districts in New York. When the new lines are drawn, there will be only 27. Which districts will be eliminated is still unclear, but if history is any judge, any one of five local Congressional members could be on the hot seat.
“There’s always a concern when you go into redistricting,” said Rep. Tom Reed, (R).
There are five districts, and five representatives in Western New York. Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse all lost population, according to the latest Census. That’s something those who are redrawing the Congressional lines are likely to consider.
“There will not be a 29th Congressional District in name,” said Reed, who represents NY’s 29th.
Reed, a freshman in Congress, represents a district that covers a lot of ground; a large agricultural base with two industrial bookends in Corning and Victor.
“It’s concerning in that politics could be controlling the day to an extent,” said Reed.
Control of the redistricting process is split between the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-dominated Assembly. Under that stalemate, both parties are likely to lose one seat.
“I’m happy to be in Congress. I’m happy I made it to Congress,” said Rep. Kathy Hochul, (D).
Before Hochul scored a political upset last spring, it appeared the GOP-leaning 26th Congressional district that includes the towns of Clarence and Greece would be an obvious target. Hochul’s win may have the Democrats rethinking things.
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