A major political fight is brewing over state Senate and Assembly district lines drawn up by politicians in Albany as part of the census-redistricting process.
Critics, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, described the political map released last month as biased in favor of protecting incumbents.
A court challenge is all but certain and the LATFOR commission hasn’t even released congressional boundaries yet.
The Watertown Daily Times is reporting today on what all that uncertainty means for candidates hoping to jump into races.
“I can’t imagine anybody who’s considering a serious run for any legislative seat in the state of New York not weighing the issue of redistricting,” said Brian S. McGrath, a Lewis County Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for the Assembly in 2010 and won’t run again this year.
“Frankly, it’s probably the No. 1 consideration for most people contemplating runs at the moment. It was without question at the top of the list of things I was discussing with people in Albany when weighing my political future.”
Because potential challengers don’t know what districts will look like (or, in some cases, whether old districts will even still exist) it’s difficult to fundraise, build political networks, or secure petitions to get on the ballot.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, with the primary election for House races set for just five months away.