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Newly Proposed Congressional Districts Could Split Cortland County


If approved, Cortland County may be split for Congressional Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission recently revealed the proposed Congressional districts for New York State after a high court late last year rejected the current districts.

The Commission had to redraw the congressional districts in time for this year’s 2024 elections in November. Overall the Commission voted 9 to 1 in favor of the newly redrawn districts. The proposed redrawn districts could be a major change for Cortland County residents.

Currently, all of Cortland County is represented by the 19th Congressional District by Republican Marc Molinaro.

The newly proposed mapping splits Cortland County. Splitting the City of Cortland, both the Village and Town of Homer, Cortlandville, McGraw, Truxton, Cuyler, Scott and Preble from the 19th District to the 22nd Congressional District.

The remaining communities of Virgil, Hartford, Marathon, Freetown, Cincinnatus, and Willet, would remain in the 19th Congressional District.

Currently, the 22nd Congressional District is represented by Republican Brandon Williams. It is to note the newly proposed redistricting shows the 22nd congressional district to be now heavily favored Democrat.

The proposed redistricting still needs approval from both the State Assembly and Senate. If passed by both, it will then be determined by Governor Hochul whether or not to sign it into law. Failure to sign into law would result in the State Legislature itself redrawing the districts.

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