Hanna reacts to change in district lines

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A federal court has approved new congressional district lines. The panel approved the lines drawn March 6 by U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann. The new lines mean Representative Richard Hanna's district is changing.

Right now Congressman Hanna (R) represents the 24th district- it will soon be known as the 22nd District. Hanna goes from representing at least part of 11 counties-- down to eight. They include Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Oswego, Cortland, Tioga, Chenango and Broome.

Hanna is losing Otsego County- where he used to live, something he is coming to terms with. "The cons are I'm losing relationships with people I enjoyed serving all the way to Auburn and Ontario County and that's kind of hard for me because I've got projects that I want to finish and as I said earlier I want to keep working on it even though I'm not there. If I can manage to get permission from whoever their representative is, I'd like to continue to work on the projects I've got going."

Otsego County is joining the 19th District, which includes several counties heading southeast into the Hudson Valley, an area represented by Republican Chris Gibson.

Hanna says more than half of his constituents remain the same- and he is fortunate he did not lose more of his district.

"It is absolutely appropriate that Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties are together, they share a lot of common interests. We're looking forward to it, especially with Griffiss Air Force Base. The courts have drawn reasonable lines, as you know it happens every ten years and i'm looking forward to digging in," added Hanna.

So far no one has come forward to challenge Congressman Hanna on any party line. The Congressional primary will take place June 26th.

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