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Special master releases redistricting map proposal

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Albany/HV: Special master releases redistricting map proposal
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A special master tasked with redrawing New York’s congressional lines has released her maps.

Under her plan, the North Country district currently held by Bill Owens would now extend down into parts of Saratoga and Washington counties.

Congressman Paul Tonko’s district would also change, expanding into Saratoga County while losing Schoharie County.

Congressman Chris Gibson’s proposed seat loses all points north of Rensselaer County but would now stretch south into Sullivan and Ulster counties and include Kingston and New Paltz.

The special master also draws a more compact seat for Congresswoman Nan Hayworth that would give her all of Orange and Putnam counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester counties.

This plan will now be submitted to a three-person panel for review.

It's important to note that if state lawmakers reach an agreement on the congressional lines, it will supersede any of the efforts by the special master. But, if the governor vetoes the Legislature's plan, then it’s likely that the maps drawn by the courts will be implemented.

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