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Call for special commissions as discussion of redistricting continues

By GARY LIBERATORE

NEW YORK STATE (WKTV) - New York will lose two congressional seats next year when the new legislative district lines are drawn next Spring, but many state legislators are already calling for the formation of a special independent commission to re-draw the lines.

The lines for Assembly, State Senate and Congressional seats are drawn every ten years after the census.

"But when you get politics entering into it, you get these strange districts with gerrymandering, they go all over the place, they are multiple counties," said 117th District Assemblyman Marc Butler. "Some of those multiple counties may be more urban, more rural, not have common interests. That makes it more difficult to represent those areas."

The legislators hope to introduce a bill to form a special commission in the next couple of months.

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