Western Queens lawmaker defends proposed Congressional redistricting lines

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The state Legislature is expected to approve a proposal that redraws Congressional districts to compensate for declining populations, according to the 2020 Census results.

State Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris of western Queens chaired the legislative redistricting task force that was charged with developing the new district lines after a bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission failed to agree on congressional and state legislative maps in early January.

The proposed changes were announced Sunday, prompting state GOP leader Nick Langworthy to call them “textbook filthy, partisan gerrymandering that is clearly in violation” of the state’s constitution.

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