After the Census report on Cortland County’s population, the County must redraw district lines for local legislators. Citizen input is part of the process, as is determining how many people each lawmaker should represent.
“Whether we stay with 17 legislators, or reduce the number, there is going to be a change. Legislative lines will change,” said Savannah Hempstead, Clerk of the Legislature.
Cortland has traditionally had more legislators. According to Director of Planning Trisha Jesset, each lawmaker currently represents 2,700 residents vs at least double that number in other counties our size. Does Cortland need a change?
Legislators hope you will get involved or at least, share your opinions. “We have a link to public comments,” said Hempsteak. “This is going to be a big part in county government, so any and all public comments are encouraged.”
Hempstead says links are on the homepage of the county website to make it easier for you to participate. “There are five spots (on the panel) available for county residents, at-large, as well as other positions open for city appointed-or-elected officials. We have the two election commissioners on there, as well as one town supervisor.”
Learn more about the redistricting process with Hempstead and County Planning Director Trisha Jesset on this week’s Meet Cortland County tomorrow morning at 9 on X101.