NY Legislature rejects new Congressional maps from independent commission, expected to draw its own lines

Democratic state legislators on Monday voted down newly drawn Congressional maps released by the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) earlier this month and will instead draw their own lines they are expected to approve.

The maps were rejected by a 17 to 40 vote in the state Senate, and by a 47 to 99 vote in the Assembly, on Feb. 26.

State Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), when casting his no vote, said the maps violate mandated redistricting guidelines laid out in the state Constitution in a number of areas. Those include the lines dividing several counties, being drawn to protect some incumbents and not protecting communities of interest — including racial and ethnic minorities — in numerous cases.