By Robert Tannenhauser
The 2022 New York congressional and state legislative redistricting maps, recently enacted by the state legislature, were struck down by New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Patrick F. McAllister in an order handed down on Thursday.
The Judge decreed that the legislature has until April 11, 2022 to submit to the Court for review, “bipartisanly supported maps” that “meet constitutional requirements.” The ruling applies to the district congressional maps as well as the state senate and state assembly district maps for the primary and general elections.
If the legislature fails to comply, the Court will retain a neutral expert to prepare the maps.
“Legislative leaders said they would appeal the ruling,” according to 1010 WINS. “‘This is one step in the process. We always knew this case would be decided by the appellate courts. We are appealing this decision and expect this decision will be stayed as the appeal process proceeds,” said Mike Murphy, spokesman for the Senate majority.
A message seeking comment from the governor’s office was not immediately returned, according to the station.
Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, tweeted the following:
🚨Breaking: State court judge strikes down New York’s congressional and legislative maps and blocks them from being used for 2022 elections. Legislature given until 4/11 to adopt new maps. If it fails to pass bipartisan maps, court says it will appoint neutral expert. pic.twitter.com/8CQYpxxSRD
— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) March 31, 2022