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Echoing his Senate counterparts, the leader of the state Assembly indicated Tuesday that talks are all but dead on congressional redistricting. The stalemate means maps proposed by a federal judge are likely to be imposed.
“We have been talking about it but I don’t know if it’s possible” to reach a compromise, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said.
Asked about the chances of reaching a deal before U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann forwards her proposed map to a federal judicial panel for review, Silver said: “Unlikely.”
Once Mann sends her proposal along, many legislators think that’s the point of no return – that the courts, not legislators, will takeover redistricting to its conclusion.
Mann’s proposal can be found here.
Rep. Bob Turner (R-Rockaway Point) obviously thinks Mann's plan will become law. Mann proposed eliminated Turner's Queens-Brooklyn district - and he cited that likelihood in his announcement to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)