Erie Country Legislators Address Redistricting Concerns

10:00 PM, Feb 16, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- The Erie County Legislature will downsize from 15 to 11 members soon and lawmakers are talking about what this means for voters in the City of Buffalo.

Legislators held a community meeting at the Frank E. Merriweather library Wednesday evening to discuss the issue and inform the public of the redistricting process. 

A reapportionment commission has been formed by the party leaders in the Legislature to redraw the districts, however some are concerned about the politics involved in the redistricing process.

"I think many people share that concern," says 6th District Representative Maria Whyte, "In my view the reapportionment commission has got to do its due diligence and the legislators need to be prepared to pay deference to the work of the reapportionment commission, but at the end of the day the reapportionment commission is an advisory commission."

The commission will submit its recomendations after 2010 Census figures are released.

The Legislature will then vote on whether to accept or reject the commissions findings before the lines are redrawn.







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