Reform Group Blasts NY Redistricting Deal

The leader of the New Roosevelt reform group and the Citizens Committee for an Effective Constitution slams that deal that again allows the Senate and Assembly majorities to redraw their own election district lines

Sunday, Mar 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Reform Group Blasts NY Redistricting Deal

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Albany reformer Bill Samuels says the Legislature's redistricting plan approved in the dead of night last week after a private negotiation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a "terrible thing for the history of our state."

The leader of the New Roosevelt reform group and the Citizens Committee for an Effective Constitution slams that deal that again allows the Senate and Assembly majorities to redraw their own election district lines.

Majorities have notoriously distorted the process to protect their power.

Cuomo and the majorities promised to reform the process this year, but instead agreed to action that will require some independence to the process in 10 years.

Samuels made the comments on public radio's Capitol Connection.

Samuels' website seeks to engage the public in major policy issues.

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