For Immediate Release:
Contact: Susan Lerner
December 21, 2011
McEneny plans to incorporate "good parts" of Common Cause maps into LATFOR plan
Democratic and Republican legislators offer praise for non-partisan maps
On Monday, Common Cause NY released the first ever set of state and federal reform redistricting maps available as an interactive feature for New Yorkers to view at: www.newsday.com/umapny and www.citizenredistrictny.org.
Assemblyman Jack McEneny who sits on the Legislative Task-Force on Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), the body responsible for drawing New York's electoral districts, commented in Gotham Gazette:
"We have been anticipating them for some time. We will take a look at them and see what good parts we can incorporate into our plan. Then I would expect we will begin to have public hearings in January."
In response, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY said:
"I want to commend Assemblyman McEneny for opening up the typically secretive process of redistricting to include our fair, non-partisan, incumbent blind maps. Our maps provide an alternative vision of what non-gerrymandered lines might look like, and we are happy to provide LATFOR with further input."
The maps have earned early bi-partisan praise from other legislators:
Senator Liz Krueger (D-SD 26) quoted in Gotham Gazette:
"It is kind of like pulling back the curtain."
Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R-AD 122), commenting on the reform map of his district in a WWNY TV broadcast:
"The district looks like a good district, to tell you the truth. It keeps Jefferson together."
Office: Common Cause New York
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