Last week, the legislature voted to approve the redistricting of Cortland County and now on Election Day (November 7th), voters will decide whether or not to approve the changes.
If the referendum is approved, the change will go into effect on January 1, 2028, almost 5 years from now. For the upcoming election, there will be no change to legislative representation.
Legislative Chair, Kevin Fitch, stated, “This was a bipartisan, unanimous decision made by all legislators present for the vote. It was the intention and goal of the legislature for this to go to the public for final vote. Throughout the redistricting process, the Commission and Citizens Advisory Committee heard a wide range of recommendations, and ultimately the legislature approved the compromise of fifteen (15) legislative districts. Staying at seventeen (17) districts did not align with the redistricting requirements and the wish of local municipalities to not be split up. Many thanks to Commission Co-Chairs Kelly Preston and Cathy Bischoff for their tireless work, along with the other Commission members, Citizens Advisory Committee and County employees who assisted throughout the process.”