New York

In 2018, we helped Democrats in New York flip the state Senate. As a result, Democrats in New York will now have a seat at the table when redistricting takes place in 2021.

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Redistricting 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.

2011

Census data delivered to New York.

New York lost two congressional seats after reapportionment.

2012

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

2012

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.

2013

The state legislature passed a weak redistricting reform constitutional amendment for the 2020 redistricting cycle.

2018

Democrats flipped the state Senate.

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-member 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
106

Democratic-held
seats

43

Republican-held
seats

1 Held by a third or unaffiliated party

3 Vacant seats

New York Upper Chamber
40

Democratic-held
seats

23

Republican-held
seats

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