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The Art of Redrawing: A Satirical Look at New York’s Political Map

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Greetings, BS enthusiasts! It’s your favorite globe-trotter and BS detector, Mila Harrison, here to serve you another steaming pile of political cow pie. Today, we’re diving into the labyrinth of New York’s political mapmaking.

For the seventh time in recent years, New York’s mapmakers have released an official set of maps for the state’s 26 congressional districts. You’d think they were trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded! This latest map, which is set to receive a vote on Wednesday, might just be the one that sticks. Why, you ask? Well, a GOP-backed lawsuit to challenge the new lines is not expected. Yes, you read that right. The GOP, known for their love of a good legal tussle, are sitting this one out.

The new map, released overnight by the Legislature’s Democratic majorities, isn’t dramatically different from the one released by the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission earlier this month. It seems the only significant boost to Democrats is in the Syracuse-area seat held by Republican Rep. Brandon Williams.

Assemblymember Anthony Durso, the top Republican on the Governmental Operations Committee, expressed confusion over why the first set of maps was voted down when the new ones don’t look very different. Well, Mr. Durso, welcome to the world of political BS!

Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul is eager to move forward. She doesn’t want litigation or to tie up budget time. Can’t blame her, really. Who wants to get stuck in a legal quagmire when there are budgets to balance and mental health clinics to put in schools?

So, there you have it, folks. Another day, another pile of political BS. But remember, in the world of politics, one person’s BS is another person’s fertilizer. Until next time, keep your BS detectors tuned and your sense of humor sharp.

Source: Politico

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