Democrat Take Full Control Of New York?

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( – New York Democrats have put forward a redistricting plan which could potentially allow the party to win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming election. 

On Monday the bill was brought to the floor by the Democrats in the state legislature. This would for the most part not touch New York City while at the same time altering the boundaries of the 26 Congressional districts in the state. This also includes Staten Island and Brooklyn, which is represented by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who is a Republican. 

In order to expand the Democrat area, the Queens and Nassau County Districts would be brought further to the east. This state is represented by Rep.-elect Tom Suozzi (D). This change would lead to a larger area of the more conservative Nassau County now being given to Rep. Andrew Garbarino, a Republican. 

Suozzi managed to win back his district in a special election following the ousting of Republican Rep. George Santos. 

The Democrats are particularly targeting the 22nd Congressional District which is currently represented by Republican Rep. Brandon Williams. The proposed changes to the New York map would result in the area becoming more favorable to a Democrat challenger. 

However, others have argued that the plans were only mildly optimistic for Democrats. Cook Political Report senior editor Dave Wasserman noted that the new proposal was a “mild/moderate gerrymander.”

On Monday, the House rejected the bipartisan proposal which left the Republicans with little option other than to file a lawsuit against the Democrats arguing that their proposal violated the state’s anti-gerrymandering position. 

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