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Posted at 11:59 p.m. on March 12, 2012
The new map, which could represent the final Empire State lines, imperils Reps. Kathy Hochul (D), Chris Gibson (R) and Bob Turner (R). It also leaves Rep. Gary Ackerman (D) with a tough election slog.
Federal Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann released a map that made some revisions to her earlier version of the 8th and 9th districts, along with tweaks to the 23rd and 27th districts. Those changes reportedly help Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D), who is challenging Rep. Edolphus Towns (D).
Mann submitted the map to a federal three-judge panel, which will hold a final hearing on the new lines Thursday. That means the lines could be cemented into law as early as this week.
But the perpetually deadlocked New York Legislature was still reportedly working on a compromise map Monday, hoping to iron out differences between the Democratic-held Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate. That means there is a chance, though much smaller now, that the representatives of the people of New York could draw their Congressional lines for the next decade.
The Empire State, which lost two districts in reapportionment, remains the last major state without Congressional lines. The candidate petitioning process is scheduled to begin March 20.