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State redistricting committee releases maps to public

The rest of Onondaga County – Syracuse plus the towns of Fabius, Manlius, Onondaga and Pompey and the Onondaga Nation – and Madison County have been redistricted into the 53rd district, according to the proposal.

DeCerce said the new 53rd district is much more compact than the old 49th, which, under the 2002 lines, was “funny-shaped.”

“It’s a more compact area,” she said. “We lost a couple of towns from Cayuga County and gained a couple in southern Onondaga County. We’ll no longer be representing the town of Cicero. It’s a lot of tweaking, but it’s still very much a Central New York district.”

In terms of the state assembly, the redistricting has had a minimal impact. The numbering of our local districts has changed; the 111th district is now the 121st, which will likely prove confusing, since the 121st was also a local district. The 119th is now the 127th, the 120th is now the 128th and the 121st is now the 129th. The same representatives remain in place.

A series of public hearings on the new district lines will take place statewide in the coming weeks; one will happen at 3 p.m. at Henninger High School in Syracuse. After the hearings, the state legislature will pass legislation that the governor can either sign into law or veto. If he vetoes it, it will be up to a federal court to redraw the lines.

“A lot of things are still up in the air,” DeCerce said. “Everything could still change.”

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