(CLARIFICATION: Mark Wilson points out that a tiny chunk of the Park in Oneida County will fall in the 22nd district.)
Under a plan released yesterday by a Federal judge, the North Country will likely be consolidated into a single congressional district, known as New York’s 21st District.
That would mean the ouster of Kinderhook Republican Chris Gibson, the freshman elected in 2010, who now represents chunks of Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Essex Counties.
It would also mean Republican Rep. Richard Hanna no longer representing a small chunk of the North Country around Old Forge.
Meanwhile, the old NY-23 district, now represented by Democrat Bill Owens from Plattsburgh would be dramatically redrawn, lopping off the chunk that now extends into central New York.
Instead, the district will gobble up those pieces of the North Country now represented by Gibson and Hanna.
It’s unclear how this plan will affect the fortunes of the top contenders, including Owens and challenger Matt Doheny, the Republican from Watertown.
The new NY-21 would include more Democrat-leaning sections of Saratoga County, but it would also gather in conservative, Republican-tilting sections of Washington and Warren Counties.
Other wild cards include the possibility that other candidates could jump into the race.
This week, Lake Placid Conservative Doug Hoffman announced that he was considering another run for the North Country’s congressional seat.
This map puts his home smack in the middle of the district.
One other detail: For the first time in my tenure in the North Country, this puts the entire Adirondack Park in one congressional district.