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Onondaga County commission approves Republican redistricting plan
Published: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 9:55 PM Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 11:40 PM
The Onondaga County Reapportionment Commission, voting along party lines, approved a Republican plan Tuesday night to redraw election district lines to reflect the Legislature’s pending shrinkage from 19 to 17 seats.
The commission voted 4-2 for a plan proposed by Legislature Chairman James Rhinehart, R-Skaneateles.
Its four Republican members — Rhinehart, city councilor Ryan McMahon, former County Executive Nicholas Pirro and Republican elections commissioner Helen Kiggins — voted for it. Its two Democratic members — legislator Linda Ervin and Democratic elections commissioner Ed Ryan — voted against it.
Legislators are scheduled to vote on the plan in a special session at 10 a.m. April 15. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 13.
The commission’s plan is only a recommendation. Any legislator can propose a different one, and it is likely that some — especially Democratic legislators — will do so.
“There are always some districts that legislators don’t like because of the numbers,” said Pirro, the commission’s chairman. “Nobody likes to have a new area. If we still had 19 districts, it would look a lot different. The fact of the matter is you have two less districts.”
Five county legislators have announced they will not run for re-election this year, and a sixth has said he may not run. Of the remaining incumbents, none would be pitted against each other under the plan approved by the commission.
Currently, there are four entirely Syracuse districts, three districts that overlap the city and the suburbs, and 12 that are entirely in the suburbs.
The plan approved by the commission contains seven districts that overlap the city’s boundaries with suburban towns, two that are entirely inside the city and eight that are entirely outside the city.
Rhinehart said his plan attempts to break down the political barriers between the city and its suburbs by increasing the number of overlapping districts.
“One of the things we have tried to do is take a regional approach,” he said.
But Ryan said the plan created a “hodgepodge” of districts in the center of the county. He noted that Geddes, which used to be contained in a single district, would be spread over three districts.
Republicans hold a 12-7 majority in the Legislature, with all 12 Republicans coming from suburban districts and all seven Democrats from primarily or exclusively city districts.
Voters approved a referendum in November calling for the Legislature’s reduction from 19 to 17 districts.
Republicans almost did not have enough members present Tuesday night to pass anything. Four votes were needed for the commission to approve a plan, and Kiggins left for a two-week vacation to Ireland on March 28.
She had hoped to vote by videoconference from Ireland, but the commission’s two Democrats refused to allow that. So Kiggins flew back from Ireland Tuesday for the vote and planned to fly back to Ireland today to finish her vacation.
She said she did not know how much the airfare cost for the quick trip back and forth because county Republican Committee Chairman Tom Dadey handled the travel arrangements. She said she did not know if the Republican Party paid for her ticket. Dadey refused to say who paid for it.
Contact Rick Moriarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 470-3148.
Once again folks, Geddes is getting screwed.
3-23-2011 – Manny is working with ECHO Meals on Wheels in the Towns of Camillus and Geddes today.
3-27-2011 – Manny attended the Onondaga County Fire Advisory Board Meeting
4-6-2011 – Manny was invited to interview for the Veteran Party this afternoon.
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