Judges Meet Today in Brooklyn for Political Redistricting Case

February 27, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CADMAN PLAZA EAST (AP) — A federal appeals panel in Brooklyn, which is refusing to dismiss a challenge to political redistricting in New York, will meet today for a conference with attorneys for all parties, directing Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann to report and make recommendations.

State legislative leaders have argued that it’s too soon to intervene in their constitutionally delegated role in drawing district lines. Redistricting affects districts for state lawmakers and congressional seats.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will veto the new legislative district maps proposed by the state Senate and Assembly majorities, which have been criticized by good-government groups as partisan efforts to solidify the majorities’ power.

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Lawsuit plaintiffs say the process for decades has denied many New Yorkers “any meaningful opportunity to select their own leaders.”

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Dora Irizarry asked for the three-judge panel, which she is a member of, to be appointed in the case, because she felt court intervention may be appropriate because the legislative panel wasn’t moving fast enough.

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