As the statewide redistricting comes to a close, it is time to focus on city and county redistricting! Some municipalities have already finished up the process, but many are just beginning.
Common Cause New York will use this page to provide updates on localities that we are watching especially closely, as well as give you the opportunity to request information on other localities.
In most places, there will be opportunities for public input both before and after maps are drawn – gather your thoughts on how you want your community to be shaped by using this worksheet. Common Cause New York will also hold workshops with local redistricting information and community mapping workshops – we will post details on those too.
**This page will be periodically updated. Latest update posted on 5/13/2022.
In March, we held two informational meetings that gave an overview of the New York City specific process and community mapping as a tool to advocate for your community. Find the slides from those meetings here.
Though the Commission is not required to seek input through public hearings before drafting the first maps, previous commissions have done so. If they do, those public hearings will likely be in May 2022. We will keep you posted if there are public pre-mapping meetings – make sure you get the most up to date information by letting us know you’re interested in local redistricting here.
New York City 2022 Redistricting Timeline
- JUNE 7, 2022: Deadline for the Commission to make its draft plan available to the public
- JULY 7, 2022: Commission must hold at least one public hearing prior to this date
- AUGUST 7, 2022: Deadline for the Commission to submit its initial plan to the City Council
- OCTOBER 7, 2022: Deadline for the Commission to make its revised plan available to the public
- NOVEMBER 7, 2022: Commission must hold at least one public hearing prior to this date
- DECEMBER 7, 2022: Districting Commission must submit its final plan to the Council
- FEBRUARY 28, 2023: Beginning of petitioning process for City Council primary election
- JANUARY 6, 2024: Districting Commission term ends
Activists fought to pass the citizen-led redistricting commission model in 2019, the first of its kind in New York. The new Syracuse redistricting process puts the power in the hands of a group of 15 citizens, who were selected partly at random from over 100 applicants. Throughout this process, we hope that the commission will set an example for the rest of the state by showing that inclusive, thoughtful, and transparent redistricting is possible.
Maps are expected to be released before May 22nd, sometime during the week of May 15th. After these meetings, the commission will take time to make a final map and adopt it from June 27th to June 30th. This final plan will be released for comment on July 5th. There will be two public hearings for final input the week of July 19th. Then, the final plan will be submitted to the council by August 1st. This new expanded schedule gives us more time to engage community members and do more direct outreach. Share your input on the new map at one of the Commission’s public hearings!
- Sunday, May 22nd at 3 PM – Westcott Community Center (826 Euclid Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210)
- Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 PM – Cecile Community Center (174 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13205)
- Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30 PM – PSLA @ Fowler High School (227 Magnolia St, Syracuse, NY 13204)
- Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30 PM – Northeast Community Center (716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203)
- Tuesday, June 14th at 5:30 PM – Southwest Community Center (401-425 South Ave, Syracuse, NY 13204)
Additionally, we will be holding a briefing for Syracuse organizations on May 23rd at 7:30 PM to go over the Commission’s draft proposed map and get initial reactions from Syracuse groups – register for the Zoom here!
To help Syracuse citizens provide meaningful feedback to the commission, we will be holding Syracuse-specific community mapping seminars, where people will learn how to analyze the draft map. The first one will be at 2:30 PM on Thursday, May 26th at at the White Branch Library and the second will be at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 31st at the Southwest Community Center – find the RSVP here. Email any questions to Heather Cogan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Members of Nassau’s redistricting committee are expected to be named by May 7th. After the committee is formed, things will move quickly – make sure you get the most up to date information by letting us know you’re interested in local redistricting.
Westchester County just held its first pre-mapping public input meeting on April 27th. Now that the process has started in the county, things will move quickly – make sure you get the most up to date information by letting us know you’re interested in local redistricting.
The Albany County Redistricting Commission (ACRC) was formed and began meeting regularly in October 2021. They were able to hold an initial public hearing in March, and they have been holding weekly meetings ever since with opportunities for public input. You can find the dates and times and locations for each of the weekly Community Engagement Forums here.
The next Albany County Redistricting Commission public hearing will be held on May 26th at 5 PM in the Cahill Room (street level) of the Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building.
If you would like to participate (i.e., speak or submit a statement for the record) you must pre-register.
To pre-register, please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Your name, address and phone number
- Your name and municipality will be made public (e.g., “Jane Doe, Cohoes, NY”), the rest of your information will remain private.
- Whether you have access to Zoom
- A call-in number will be provided if you can’t use Zoom
- Whether you would like to speak at the Hearing and/or would like to submit a statement for the record