2022 redistricting is not over! Attorney General James and Governor Hochul Urged Court to Order Independent Redistricting Commission to Redraw Congressional District Lines. Appellate Court, 3rd Department voted 3-1 to agree. Final stop, Court of Appeals.
New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department voted in favor on July 13, 2023. It will be appealed to the highest Court of Appeals before the newly appoint Chief Justice Rowan Wilson. Not good.
State Assembly maps by the Independent Redistricting Commission adopted on April 24, 2023. Nearly identical to the “unconstitutional” version signed into law on February 3, 2022.
Certified NYS Congressional and State Senate maps by the Special Master
Redistricted maps on the New York City Board of Elections website first published on February 25, 2022.
New York State Independent Redistricting Commission released its first draft of Congressional and State Senate and Assembly lines on January 3, 2022. On January 24, it was announced that there was no agreement on the second draft ending its legal responsibility.
Supreme Court Judge of Steuben County, Patrick McAllister, ruled on March 31, 2022 that the process used to enact the 2022 redistricting maps was unconstitutional and therefore void ab initio. Click here for list of documents.
The Appellate Court, Fourth Department, having heard oral arguments on April 20th, ruled that the Congressional lines were “unconstitutional” and ordered the State legislature to redraw Congressional lines by April 30, 2022. State Assembly and Senate lines stay.
The Court of Appeals had the case argued on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. It was decided in favor of the Republican plaintiff. Dr. Jonathan Cervas appointed by Justice Patrick McAllister became the Special Master.
Emergency Interventions adjucated on May 10, 2022 by Gary Greenberg and Gavin Wax to challenge Assembly District maps and by Benjamin Carlisle, Emin Eddie Egriu, Michael Rakebrandt, Jonathan Howe and Howard Rabin for putative intervention were denied. Emergency Intervention adjucated on May 19, 2022 to change signature requirements of independent nominating petitions is also denied.
Requests to waive the signature requirement for Independent Nominating petitions, extend signature collection period beyond six weeks, and move US Senate primary to August 23 were all denied.
Justice McAllister allowed a separate lawsuit against State Assembly lines. Paul Nichols, Gavin Wax and Gary Greenberg v. Governor Kathy Hochul filed such case on May 15, 2022 in New York County Supreme Court. It was denied as untimely on May 27. Was was appealed before the Appellate Court, First Department, which overturned the lower court’s decision.
State Assembly lines passed in February 2022, have been voided by the Appellate Court as of June 10, 2022. The new Assembly plan was finalized by the NYS Independent Redistricting Commission on April 20, 2023, and signed into law on April 24, 2023. It was practically identical to the unconstitutional lines drawn in February 2022.