Prop 1 may drastically alter districting methods
Proposition 1 on the ballot next month could radically change the state's redistricting procedures, if approved.
Every decade, state lawmakers redraw the lines that define state Senate, Assembly, and U.S. congressional districts. The next time that will happen is in 2022. With the current system, the party in power in Albany gets to call most of the shots, which favors incumbents. Prop 1 looks to change that by moving key decisions to a 10-member commission appointed by key players in both houses of New York's legislature.
Susan Lerner from Common Cause New York is against the proposition saying this is not the answer for reform. Suffolk's Republican chairman agrees.
"It is a power grab by the governor and by the bureaucrats in Albany," said John J. LaValle. "This is not about the people. This is about the politicians."
Judy Jacobs (D - Woodbury) says the proposition should have been passed a long time ago to remove "political scheming."