The legislature decides to eliminate the district of a departing congressman

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State legislative leaders confirmed they've decided to eliminate the Hudson Valley congressional district currently represented by Democratic congressman Maurice Hinchey, who already announced he's retiring.

The decision reinforces what many critics have said all along: the lines are being drawn to cater to those already in office, rather than reflecting the demographic data collected in the latest census.

The official maps from legislators are due to go to a court-appointed special master today.

Also today, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office decided to release the last four months of his daily schedules from last year.

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Redistricting

Cuomo doesn't want maps that are "hyperpolitical" which means ... ? [Jimmy Vielkind]

"Senate GOP plan maintains Rep. Rangel’s lines (NY-15), effectively turning it into a Hispanic-majority district." [Liz Benjamin]

Rangel's district changed demographically, but he remained. [David Freedlander and Hunter Walker]

Rangel was hospitalized for back pain but a spokesperson said it wasn't serious. [John Bresnahan]

NY-22, represented by retiring Rep. Hinchey, will be eliminated, legislative leaders decided. [Jon Campbell]

There's not much daylight between Cuomo and Citizens Union on use of the veto threat. [Nick Reisman]

Will Cuomo compromise? [Colby Hamilton]

John Liu

He's defiant, no matter what Doug Muzzio says. [Jill Colvin]

Education

Randi Weingarten notices Bloomberg, Duncan and Emanuel are making education reform with "no voices from classrooms." [Twitter]

So far, six education employees were accused of sexual misconduct this month. [Garth Johnson]

City Hall

Now that he's leaving to become the dean and president of New York Law School, it's doubtful Anthony Crowell will get requests like this anymore. [Observer]

Albany

Astorino doesn't want Cuomo to go Gumby on 401k. [Joseph Spector]

Earlier today, Cuomo released the second half of his daily schedules from 2011. [ny.gov]

Images

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Visiting Estee Lauder's facility in Melville. [State Senator Lee Zeldin]

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Reporters covering Bloomberg yesterday at Nathan's. [Kathleen Horan]

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"70th Avenue solstice." [Sergey Kadinsky]