11:30 am Mar. 2, 2012
In another explicit shift from his earlier blanket threat to veto any district lines drawn by legislators, Governor Andrew Cuomo said today he may sign them into law, if … well, there are a few ifs.
"If there were acceptable lines—not the current lines, which are unacceptable—if there were acceptable lines, and if there was a real constitutional amendment and if there was statutory language that could protect the people if the legislature changes their mind and want to pass a constitutional amendment, that that would be a possible resolution," Cuomo during a radio inteview with New York Post state editor Fred Dicker on Talk1300.
Back in July, Cuomo said flatly that he'd veto any lines drawn by the legislature, since they would by definition not be independent or nonpartisan.
In September, Cuomo was asked by Susan Arbetter, an Albany radio show host, about his pledge to veto the lines "if they're drawn by LATFOR," the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting.
Cuomo replied, "Yes."
"I have said with LATFOR, I believe the process is not independent, and I don’t see how a non-independent process can come up with an independent product," he said. "I therefore would veto a bill that was not an independent product. It would then go to the courts. Period. And that’s what I have said. And that’s what I’m sticking by."