Federal court won't dismiss NY redistricting case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal appeals court is refusing to dismiss a challenge to redistricting in New York.

State legislative leaders have argued that it's too soon to intervene in their constitutionally delegated role in drawing district lines.

The three-judge federal panel has set a conference Monday in Brooklyn with attorneys for all parties, directing Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann to report and make recommendations.

Redistricting affects districts for state lawmakers and congressional seats.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will veto the new legislative district maps proposed by the state Senate and Assembly majorities, which have been criticized by good-government groups as partisan efforts to solidify the majorities' power.

Lawsuit plaintiffs say the process for decades has denied many New Yorkers "any meaningful opportunity to select their own leaders."

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