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NY Young Republican Club Leader Files Motion to Halt Assembly Map Redistricting

By: Ilana Siyance

The leader of the New York Young Republican Club has stepped up to urge the judge to stop the changes in the state Assembly district maps from passing.

As reported by the NY Post, Democrats drew new assembly, congressional and state Senate maps, which were approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul.  Initially, in his initial March 31 ruling, State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister in upstate Steuben County, threw out all three sets of new legislative maps, calling them unconstitutional.  However, in their appeals, Republican plaintiffs neglected to question the legality of the Assembly maps, which led the Court of Appeals to allow the Assembly maps in its ruling last week.  The other two maps changes were struck down, for partisan gerrymandering and failing to follow the law involving map-making with the Independent Redistricting Commission.  The new maps are said to redistrict NY in ways which would be favorable to Democrats for all upcoming elections.

On Sunday night, an emergency motion was filed by Gavin Wax, head of the New York Young Republican Club, asking the court to throw out the state Assembly district maps as it did the other two maps.  “In its decision last week, the Court of Appeals determined that the Assembly map was subject to the same unconstitutional procedures as were the congressional and state Senate maps,”  Aaron Foldenauer, the attorney for NY Young Republican Club president Gavin Wax, said in the motion filed before Judge McAllister.

Foldenauer told The Post, “The only reason that the State Assembly maps have not been struck down is because of a procedural technicality, which is hardly a justification for unconstitutional maps to stand.”  The other two maps are supposed to be redrawn and finalized by May 20 with Judge McAllister overseeing the effort along with Jonathan Cervas, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, who has helped other states resolve redistricting cases.  Foldenauer said there is enough time to redraw all three maps.

The NY Young Republican Club formed a fund dedicated to the litigation’s initial motion and subsequent legal actions in the case.  “I will not stand for New Yorkers to suffer from the whims of an unconstitutional and undemocratic process. The exclusion of State Assembly District maps from the special master’s redistricting efforts will subject New Yorkers to a decade of misrepresentation in state government,” said Wax, in a statement to The Post.  “We call on all New Yorkers who value good government and democratic principles to support this effort,” Wax added.



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