New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos says population losses show redistricting could eliminate one congressional seat in western New York and another in New York City.
Skelos tells the Buffalo News that although all options are still open, those are the two areas where population loss alone puts seats in jeopardy.
Skelos emphasizes no decision has been made and many factors will be considered.
New York state’s slow population growth compared to other states will mean two fewer congressional seats, which will go to faster growing and bigger states.
State officials expect one seat now held by a Republican upstate and another held by a downstate Democrat will be cut.
The state Legislature’s redistricting plan for congressional seats is expected to be released within weeks.