ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris says the Senate's Republican majority has brought "shame" to New York by proposing blatant gerrymandering to protect their power.
Tuesday's testimony came at a sometimes raucous hearing in Queens on redistricting. Every 10 years, the Senate majority and Assembly majority use census data to redraw election districts to be used for the coming 10 years.
Gianaris accused the Republican senators of presenting intentionally atrocious lines that will draw Gov. Andrew Cuomo's promised veto, then submit slightly improved lines that still hurt minority voters.
The Senate's Republican majority says its proposed lines comply with all voting rights acts and protect the voices of minority voters.
Asian groups praised the proposed Senate district in Queens that would be dominated by Asian-Americans.