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Look for redistricting to be among the first political items to bolt from the 2012 starting gate at the state Capitol. The Senate and Assembly likely will reveal maps for proposed new election districts no later than the middle of this month.
They almost have to do it by then for the state to put the maps into effect for the 2012 primaries, which could occur as early as June due to new federal requirements that states allow sufficient time for overseas military balloting.
And there's still talk that the Republican-controlled Senate might add a 63rd seat. If so, the Capital Region or the Hudson Valley are seen as likely places to carve it out. Those areas saw the biggest rates of growth since the 2000 census.
How will Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo respond, and what actions will he take?