Redistricting news:Buffalo Latinos possibly more representation at local level
Although the redistricting process may be conducted with more transparency than in the past some believe legislators still to exercise control of how the lines drawn.
Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) started the public hearings earlier in December. Some appointees partial to Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Puerto Rican Senator Martin Dilan from the 17th Senatorial District serves on LATFOR. He was appointed Assistant Senior Majority leader in 2009 and is Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
The districts represented by retiring and new legislators expected to be consolidated while others carved out to maintain a few in power such as Senator-Elect from Buffalo attorney Mark Grisanti who recently won the NYS Senate 60th District, ousting the African-American Senator Antoine Thompson.
A disheveled Senator Thompson seen making his last rounds in the community still attending functions with a smaller entourage and handing out booklets to constituents at the Kwanzaa first day celebration on Monday at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.
Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats draw lines the former with total control and the latter without any interference.
“The possibility for the increase in representation at the local level is greater than ten years ago,” said Dr. Cruz, Prof. at SUNY Albany in upstate areas such as Buffalo and Syracuse. More redistricting information in NYS Senate.