Thursday, April 26, 2007
Spitzer Announces Redistricting Proposal
Today, Governor Spitzer announced a bold plan to bring vital reform to the way New York draws its legislative lines. Right now, every ten years, the sitting legislators carve up the state as they wish, with the freedom to create their own designer districts for maximum gain. The Governor has proposed a vast improvement: a commission, out from under the legislative thumb, to take the pen out of the hands of self-interested partisans. We’re delighted to see the Governor speaking out on multiple fronts – substantial campaign finance reform, redistricting, voter registration procedures … in short, a systematic effort to bring the people back into their government. We applaud Governor Spitzer for helping to move the state’s political process forward – and urge the legislature to take up the challenge.