Cuomo preemptively blames the new calendar for protecting incumbents

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Briefing: Governor Andrew Cuomo during a presentation today. (Cuomo's office via flickr)
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Democratic state senator Michael Gianaris set a clear, and high, benchmark yesterday when he spoke out against a rumored comprise that would allow the gerrymandered redistricting maps to stay in place, in exchange for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing new lines will be drawn by an independent group next time—which means 2022.

Gianaris called it "a sham" and said, "thank God Governor Cuomo is insisting on reform now, and we're going to stand with him."

Cuomo has pledged to veto the current lines, but has avoided raising the temperature on Republicans in the State Senate, whose two-seat majority depends on a favorable map. In fact, Cuomo told reporters today that it's the abbreviated election calendar, not the maps, that is "probably the greatest incumbency protection."

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