How Redistricting Happened in New York
The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of New York over the last 10 years.
Census data delivered to New York.
New York lost two congressional seats after reapportionment.
An advisory commission and divided chambers of the state legislature attempted to draw and reconcile respective congressional maps, but failed.
After extensive litigation, a federal court designated responsibility to a magistrate judge, with the assistance of a redistricting expert, to issue a recommended map, relying in part on submissions from the various parties to the litigation. The court ultimately accepted the recommended map with some minor modifications.
State Legislature Timeline
The state legislature struggled to reconcile changes to the advisory commission’s map, but after a political fight between the state Assembly, state Senate, and governor, the parties passed new maps. The state redistricting plans withstood considerable litigation.
The state legislature passed a weak redistricting reform constitutional amendment for the 2020 redistricting cycle.
Democrats won control of the state Senate and now will have a seat at the table for redistricting reform.