Koch: GOP Senate Punts on Redistricting Reform

Former mayor says Republican refused to honor his commitment to the reform that helped the GOP win back the majority

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011  |  Updated 12:50 PM EDT
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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says the state Senate's Republican majority is "dishonorable'' for putting off the critical redistricting reform they promised in last fall's election.

The redrawing of election district lines every 10 years has long been used by the majorities in each house to protect their incumbents and power.

After meeting with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Tuesday morning, Koch says the Republican refused to honor his commitment to the reform that helped the GOP win back the majority just four months ago.

Koch is a Democrat who's heading the reform effort. He says Skelos now insists a constitutional amendment is needed. A constitutional amendment would take more than 10 years to take effect.   

Skelos didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

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