The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission has released two draft maps of what the state’s new Congressional districts could look like after the most recent U.S. Census.
The state’s legislative districts are evaluated every 10 years when the Census is completed, to make sure they accurately reflect New York’s population.
Based on the 2020 Census, the state is losing a Congressional seat, so district lines must be redrawn.
Currently, all of Oneida County and part of Herkimer County are in the 22nd District. The rest of Herkimer County is in the 21st District, and all of Otsego County is in the 19th District.
The commission came up with two drafts, labeled letters and names, to define the new districts.
In the first draft, which separates districts by letters, Utica and Rome will be in District T, along with Syracuse, Auburn, Ithaca and Cortland.
Other parts of northeastern Oneida County would be in District V, along with northern cities like Oswego and Fulton, as well as other cities like Canandaigua, Geneva and Elmira.
The southern part of Oneida County would be in District W, which would encompass part of Schenectady, Binghamton and most of Otsego County. District W would also extend as far south as Wawarsing outside of Newburgh.
Almost all of Herkimer County would be in District Y, which goes as far north as Massena and as far east as Plattsburgh.
The Mohawk Valley would have less intricacies in the second proposed draft, which would put most of the local population in one district.
The proposed district of JEFFRSNULSTR goes from Jefferson County to Ulster County, and includes most of Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties.
Parts of western Oneida County would be included in the SYRACUSE district, which would extend west all the way to Lake Ontario.
The maps do not have the level of detail to show which cities, towns and villages are in each proposed districting, but give a general idea of where each county would fall.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-22, would likely have to run against an existing representative in either scenario.
"We have to wait and see what the maps look like before we know who the challengers are. I feel pretty confident about primaries. Obviously, I've always run one so i think that gives me a little bit of an edge but i think we have to wait and see what the actual lines look like," said Tenney.
The new districts must be decided by Jan. 1, 2022.
The draft maps for the Senate and Assembly plans are also available on the commission’s website. To download all of the available map drafts, click here.