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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 dont know if its 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 thats the point of no return that the courts, not legislators, will takeover redistricting to its conclusion.
Manns 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.)