Redistricting maps proposed by federal judge would not leave incumbents running against each other

By STEVE McMURRAY

A federal judge has released her proposed maps for new congressional districts that would take effect with this year's election.

If these proposed lines are approved, our viewing area would be served by three different congressional representatives, but it doesn't look like any incumbents would be running against each other.

According to the maps, all of Oneida County and the southern portion of Herkimer County would be placed in the 22nd district, which goes to Binghamton and other parts of the southern tier.

Republican Congressman Richard Hanna lives in this proposed district and would not run against an incumbent, since Democrat Congressman Maurice Hinchey is retiring.

Congressman Hanna said he'll wait until the lines are finalized before weighing in and said his current constituents are his main priority.

Parts of Hanna's current district would be split among other districts.

Northern Herkimer County would become part of the new 21st district, which includes much of the territory currently represented by Democrat Bill Owens.

Otsego County would be part of the new 19th district, which includes several counties heading southeast into the Hudson Valley, an area represented by Republican Chris Gibson.

The State Legislature could avoid the judges' plan by agreeing on its own plan before March 15.

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