Court of Appeal again allows lawmakers to pass redistribution plan – Huntington Now
The fate of a Democratic plan to redesign Suffolk County’s legislative constituencies is set to be reconsidered on Friday morning, after an appeals court again overturned a lower-level court ruling to prevent lawmakers from taking action .
On three occasions, judges rejected Democratic plans, on the Republican argument that the proposed redistribution plans did not follow legal procedures. On three occasions, including the last Tuesday evening, appellate courts have rejected lower courts, allowing Democrats, who will lose their majority after Friday, to proceed.
A court ruling on Monday, minutes after the legislature was called to vote on the plan, barred lawmakers from taking action on it.
If the Democrats are successful in pushing their plan through Friday, they have yet to secure the signature of County Executive Steve Bellone as their majority in the legislature expires on Friday and Republicans take over. The plan must also be delivered to Albany.
They opposed the Democratic plan, saying it violated the county charter of how redistribution is supposed to be determined, and previous rulings have agreed that a redistribution commission should have been appointed.
The legislator should take up the issue again on Friday morning. According to the proposal, Huntington would lose the 17th arrondissement, which would be to the south, while retaining the 16th and 18th arrondissements. These last two places will go from Democratic representation to Republican representation.
Newsday said Lindenhurst lawmaker Kevin McCaffrey said Republicans “have no more legal options at this point” to stop a vote.
Proposed redistribution maps published for the county of Suffolk