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.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

1 Know the Decision Makers

Each state is different when it comes to the redistricting process. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. In New York, the state legislative and congressional lines are drawn by a 10-memember independent commission then sent to the legislature for approval.

  • Independent Commission
  • State House
  • State Senate
  • Governor

2 Know Your State Legislature

New York Lower Chamber




1 Held by a third or unaffiliated party

3 Vacant seats

New York Upper Chamber




4 Vote

Get Involved in New York Today

The fight to fix gerrymandering is right now—and we need your help in New York! Here’s what you can do:

Join Organizing for ‘18

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Organizing for Action (OFA) launched a partnership to build a more fair democracy by strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives that will be critical in determining how maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Join a Local OFA Chapter

Alongside the National Redistricting Action Fund (an NDRC affiliate), OFA is engaging with activists and volunteers to help educate people about gerrymandering and involve them in the process of fixing a badly rigged political system.

Attend Events Near You

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