A historic reform is changing the way New York draws its legislative and congressional district maps—a once-a-decade process that helps decide who will represent you in the halls of state and federal government for the next ten years.

A new, voter-approved Independent Redistricting Commission will rely on input from citizens—not politicians—to decide how best to divide the state into the required number of Senate, Assembly, and Congressional districts while ensuring that individual neighborhoods and communities are fairly represented.

This new process will ensure that no region, special interest, or political party gains an unfair advantage or too much power at the expense of others. But it only works if citizens like you join with neighbors, friends, and communities to get involved and make your voices heard.

The commission is hosting a series of hearings and any group, community, or individual may submit testimony. You can do so in person or online at www.nyirc.gov.

Hearing dates are:

  • Mid-Hudson (Ulster) August 2
  • Mohawk Valley (Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie) August 5
  • Southern Tier and Central New York (Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Tompkins) August 9.

Please consider submitting testimony related to how redistricting will affect you, your family, and your community. This feedback is critical and is your chance to help steer the future of New York and speak out for the concerns of our communities.

This is your chance to learn more and get involved.

Sincerely,

Senator Peter Oberacker