All four House members currently representing parts of Western New York might survive the upcoming elimination of two of the state's 29 congressional districts -- even though, starting in 2013, Erie County is likely to be represented by only two members, down from three today. That's the evolving conventional wisdom after two recent events turned the politics of redistricting upside down.
Redistricting Across The United States
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College presents one source to find information on redistricting in all fifty states. Scroll over a state to learn about its redistricting process, and click on a state to go to its individual page with more in-depth information and news coverage of redistricting in the state.
As a congressman from Buffalo, Brian Higgins is usually on the receiving end of entreaties from high-powered lobbyists. But with state lawmakers in Albany and nationwide preparing to redraw their electoral districts, Mr. Higgins has turned the tables...
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced legislation on Thursday to create an independent commission to redraw the boundaries for Congressional and state legislative districts, promising to end the longstanding Albany practice of protecting incumbent lawmakers through creatively drawn districts.
This week's resignation of Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) leaves a vacant congressional seat at the beginning of the redistricting process that will determine which two of New York's 29 seats will be lost to reapportionment.
Representative Peter T. King, a 17-year veteran of Congress, recently invited the newly elected members of the New York delegation to his office to offer them a little advice.