ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senator Joe Griffo is proposing a new bill for each county in New York state to get their own state senator
The bill would keep the state Assembly based on population, making New York state’s structure more similar to that of the entire country.
This proposition, Griffo says, would help with the concerned divide between upstate and downstate New York.
"What we are striving for, and what I believe firmly, is how to achieve that balance. We have situations where the population center is downstate, and we recognize that,” Griffo said.
Griffo went on to say that if this bill were to pass, there are no guarantees that the political balance of votes would be different of course, but that the geographic balance would be more equal.