Redistricting to be subject of forum Saturday

Either body will also draw a line based on whether someone in the current district has challenged an incumbent legislator, said Bierman.

"If they got 46 percent of the vote in the last election, for example, there's a line usually drawn to get that challenger out of that district," she said. "What we say is that there's an incumbency protection plan the way the redistricting plan is right now. It helps the incumbent and it helps the parties that are in power right now."

The process is one that has been allowed to continue, said Bierman, however Cuomo has gone on record with his frustration for the broken system which " has prioritized incumbency and partisan interests over democratic representation."

Regardless of how both houses decide, if the governor finds their decisions are based on partisan politics, he has the ability to veto their decisions, which would then send the matter before the courts for an impartial decision.

"Which is something none of them really want because then it's none of them deciding where to draw the line," said Bierman. "We want it to be a totally independent nonpartisan plan."

The Plattsburgh League of Women Voters will host a forum to discuss the redistricting process this Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Plattsburgh Town Office Building, 151 Banker Road, beginning at 1 p.m.

The meeting will include comments from LWVNYS legislative director Barbara Bartoletti, who will give further background on the political history of redistricting.

For more information, including the full text of Cuomo's Redistricting Reform Act of 2011, visit www.plattsburgh.ny.lwvnet.org.

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