New York’s highest court throws out new congressional map

Earlier this year, New York’s Democratic lawmakers drew up a congressional map that one academic called a “masterclass in gerrymandering.”

Yet in a potentially crushing blow, the state’s highest court has just ruled that the new map is unconstitutional.

Court finds that new congressional map was drawn up to convey “partisan advantage”

According to Breitbart, that decision came on Wednesday with an opinion authored by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. According to DiFiore, the map had been drawn up with the specific purpose of harming Republicans and favoring Democrats. She wrote:

Based on the foregoing, the enactment of the congressional and senate maps by the legislature was procedurally unconstitutional, and the congressional map is also substantively unconstitutional as drawn with impermissible partisan purpose, leaving the state without constitutional district lines for use in the 2022 primary and general elections.

The court acknowledged that its ruling means that a delay of the state’s primary vote which is currently scheduled for June 28 will “likely be necessary.”

Breitbart writer Jordan Nixon-Hamilton noted how “[t]he Democrats’ proposed map would have given them control over 22 seats out of the state’s 26.”

Democratic primary challenger lashes out at governor for signing congressional map

Wednesday’s decision could prove to be a serious obstacle to Democratic candidates, and some in the party took aim at Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Breitbart noted that New York Rep. Tom Suozzi has launched a primary challenge against Hochul, and he criticized her for signing a map that would ultimately be struck down.

“Another failure for New York’s dysfunctional government and Kathy Hochul. She’s not the leader that New Yorkers need or deserve,” Suozzi complained in a tweet.

In contrast, New York Democrat Party chair Jay Jacobs attempted to downplay the significance of what a new map could mean.

The New York Post quoted Jacobs as saying that he remains “confident in Democratic victories up and down the ballot this November.”

“While certain district lines may change, what does not change is our Party’s record of results which contrasts clearly with the Republican Party’s radical agenda to drag this state backward,” the Democratic official insisted.

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