Cuomo aide to brief redistricting-reform advocates on 'where things stand'
Governor Andrew Cuomo's special counsel on public integrity and ethics will brief redistricting-reform advocates later today about the state of negotiations.
The governor has been negotiating with legislative leaders, who have so far failed to come up with a legislative map that the governor is willing to sign into law, and who failed altogether to come to agreement on a proposal for a congressional map. The governor now faces a choice between a compromise that would entail him signing some version of the legislature's lines in exchange for a commitment by them to create an independent redistricting process in the future, or vetoing the lines, which would greatly empower the federal courts to step in and determine the district lines. (A court-appointed special master has already drawn up a congressional map, which must be put in place earlier than the legislative maps.)
A reader passed along this email from an employee at Citizens Union, which is one of the good-government groups advocating a compromise with the legislature:
From: Alex Camarda [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: call today
Dear ReShapeNy coalition-
A reminder that Jeremy Creelan from the Governor’s office will speak to us today during our regularly scheduled weekly call at 4pm on where things stand on redistricting.
If you have not RSVPed already, please let me know if you will be joining us.
UPDATE: Apparently this item about the conference has caused the conference call to be canceled.
A reader passed along the following message, which was just sent out:
Dear ReShapeNY coalition-
Citizens Union is canceling the ReShapeNY call this afternoon.
Unfortunately, the email inviting members of the coalition to participate in the call has been shared with others outside of the campaign.
Consequently, we will not know who will be participating and want to keep the call for members of ReShapeNY.
We will be in touch to let you know of another possible time for the call.