With news that New York state will lose two House seats, newspapers across the region are asking big questions about how this could reshape the NY-23 seat now held by Democrat Bill Owens.
Here’s what state Senator Joe Griffo told the Watertown Daily Times:
“I don’t know how much bigger the district can get, but I would think because of its uniqueness it would be a difficult seat to change,” Mr. Griffo said. “We need to look at the numbers. We really don’t know the demographics.”
It appears that the 23rd will have to grow by between 50,000 and 60,000 residents. To put that in perspective, that means adding another chunk of territory about like Warren County.
But with every other district Upstate also needing to expand, a big squeeze is coming at us, as Joe LoTemplio concludes in the Plattsburgh Press Republican.
The loss of two congressional seats for New York state could mean a dramatic shift in the North Country.
Equally vulnerable to change will be the NY-20 district, which already stretches more than 200 miles from Saranac Lake to Poughkeepsie.