A judge in the Northern District interrupted embattled New York Democrats Friday by giving them extra time to present changes to their illegally manipulated congressional lines to the man accused of redrawing them following a ruling by the state’s highest court. shot down maps.
“We intend to submit a proposed plan to Congress no later than April 30, 2022, the deadline set by the Appeals Chamber, and we hope to be able to submit it by tomorrow,” Attorney Eric Heckerwho represents state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said in a letter sent to state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister earlier on Friday.
Republicans argued that it would be unfair to show any leniency to Democrats given efforts by GOP attorneys to meet McAllister’s original deadline.
“[Republicans] They complied with the deadline of April 22 under very great time pressure, since they were preparing for the substantive briefing and oral argument before the Appeals Division, as well as the supplementary briefing and oral argument before the Court of Appeal, during the period from 18 to 22 April. [Democrats] They decided to sit on their hands, hoping to win on appeal.” April 29 letter from Republican attorney Bennett Moskowitz to the judge.
Stewart Cousins spokesman Mike Murphy confirmed the extension Friday.
Murphy said in a statement earlier in the day that “the active lawsuit is not yet over and as expected, the court has authorized additional applications following its final decision” in response to a request for comment on why Democrats have not submitted proposed congressional lines to McAllister considering the possibility that they could be dropped. Ultimately by the Court of Appeal.
Many Democrats expected a favorable ruling from the state’s highest court, all of whose judges were appointed by governors from their party, but the court ultimately sided with Republican prosecutors in a hard 4-3 decision.
The ruling means that state Senate and congressional primaries will be moved from June to August while state and rally races remain in June — a situation that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than the consolidated primaries.
The appeals court ruling also overturned legislative approval of the Senate map, finding state lawmakers lacking the power to pass it after the Independent Redistricting Committee failed to present new lines for state lawmakers for approval, following an earlier round of rejected maps from the commission.
Democrats have until May 4 to present new lines to the state Senate after a successful petition to McAllister that the deadline has been changed a day in advance so that there is a full day to consider proposed lines by all parties to the Special Mr. Court-appointed Jonathan Servas.
He has until May 20 to submit the maps to McAllister for approval.
The canceled congressional lines would have given Democrats a major boost to flipping many Republican seats in the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections that appear favorable to the Republican Party. The Democrats were also in a position to expand their supermajority in the state Senate until an appeals court decision upended the Empire State electoral landscape.
Albanian Democrats have not yet decided whether they will seek legislative action that would move the party’s primaries to state-level positions such as governor and the House of Representatives, which could Helping Governor Cathy Hochhol overthrow former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin as her deputy despite continued resistance from Democratic lawmakers.
The governor has a public event scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday in Albany.