Cuomo shrinks, and redistricting reformers face up to defeat by 'the most devious legislature in America'
9:58 am Mar. 13, 2012
A new set of redistricting maps, and the outlines of a half-measure reform that would leave future redistricting processes at the discretion of the legislature, has been released.
It's still technically within Andrew Cuomo's power to foil the gerrymander; if he vetoes the legislature's proposal, it would effectively allow a federal judge to draw the legislative lines, as has already happened with the congressional lines. That's not anyone's idea of a perfect solution, but it would at least achieve the goal of stopping the unseemly practice of allowing incumbents to protect themselves for another decade.
But the reformers, seeing Cuomo's backtracking on his previous promise to veto, and his successful co-optation of a good-government advocate to cover his retreat, are declaring defeat.
Former mayor Ed Koch, who helped sprearhead the current campaign for redistricting refrom, laments the whole affair in a story the Times puts on the front page, saying, "The ghouls won."
Homeless people, as wifi hot spots? [Carly Baldwin]
A Manhattan-based ad agency explains how it works: "These are homeless individuals. They’re carrying MiFi devices. Introduce yourself, then log on to their 4G network via your phone or tablet for a quick, high-quality connection." [Bob Fredericks]
Cuomo should be leading this effort and "It's hard to see why" he's not, a progressive editorial page writes, making no reference to 2016. [New York Times]
Drawing lines independently "is impossible in this situation. So the question is, you deal with the real," Cuomo said. [Thomas Kaplan]
"I have no question that the governor needs to veto, based on his own previous analysis," said Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger. [Maureen McManus]
Maps drawn by legislators released Monday look like maps drawn by legislators released 7 weeks ago, which Cuomo threatened to veto. [Teri Weaver]
The independent commission "is made up almost entirely of picks made by the politicians." [Colby Hamilton]
Palin's anti-experience, anti-knowledge anti-accomplishment candidacy certainly was a Game Changer, laments a columnist. [Richard Cohen]
The Brooklyn GOP Chairman pushes Rep. Turner, saying he has national name ID and can win. [Rick Karlin]
Eaton's pitch also stressed that Republicans should avoid a protracted primary. [Liz Benjamin]
Nassau County D.A. Rice vs. Rep. Peter King? [Celeste Katz] NY-24
Rep. Hanna will get a Republican primary from a perennial Tea Party challenger. [Mark Weiner]
Rep. Hochul won't run in a primary if her district is combined with Rep. Higgins. [Jerry Zremski]
Stringer's campaign sent an email from Scarlett Johansson which said "When Scott is elected mayor…" [No link]
The mayor of Brockport was arrested and is accused of illegally renting out rooms in her home. [Meaghan McDermott]
Some front pages from around New York. [newseum.org]