In addition, the Cuomo redistricting plan makes anyone who served in the legislature, or for the Executive or was a lobbyist in the last four years ineligible to serve on the commission. This may give the appearance of the membership being non-partisan. However, does anyone believe for a moment that political people are going to be excluded by this four-year rule?
No matter how the redistricting commission is formed (whether under the Cuomo plan or earlier plans endorsed last year by Mayor Koch) it is impossible to take politics out of politics. The best assurance that redistricting will be fair is that the plan as required by the New York State Constitution must be agreed to by both houses of the legislature - and fortunately now the Senate is controlled by Upstate and Long Island Republicans and the Assembly is controlled by New York City Democrats - a cross-section of the residents of the state of New York."
Assemblyman William Barclay, 124th District:
"I support bringing real reform to New York's dysfunctional redistricting process and share the Governor's goal of creating a non-partisan, independent legislative redistricting commission to help take politics out of reapportionment. The Governor's bill is a good starting point, however, I believe changes can be made to the bill to further ensure that the commission will be truly independent. To this end, I look forward to working with the Governor and my legislative colleagues to enact independent redistricting legislation this year."