Republican lawmakers are “ready, willing and able” to redraw the electoral districts a judge has handled as illegal by Democrats, they said on Friday — as the head of state blamed Gov. Kathy Hochul for the blame.
“It’s not just a Gerrymander, we call it a Hochulmander,” Republican Party leader Nick Langworthy said, blaming Hochul for the rigging and saying she wants to try to keep Democrats’ razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.
“Kathy Hochul is directly responsible for the outcome of these maps… She wanted to use her power in Gerrymander districts to ensure that [President] Joe Biden has the votes for his disastrous agenda.”
State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) and 20 other Republican lawmakers offered to meet Monday with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) to meet at the State Capitol in Albany.
However, a spokesman for Stewart-Cousins said there would be no hearings pending an appeal of Thursday’s court decision scrapping the redistribution plan approved in February by Hochul and other Democrats who control both houses of the legislature .
Steuben County Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister gave the legislature until March 11.
McAllister warned that not only would the process be “expensive” for taxpayers, but it might not produce a congressional card by Aug. 23, which he says is the deadline for holding party primaries before the Nov. 8 election.
“Given this decision, we look forward to working together to create maps that most accurately represent New York State’s voters,” Ortt and the Republicans said in a letter to Democratic leaders.
“We are ready, willing and able.”
Republicans have said the maps drawn by Democrats could cost the GOP three seats in Congress, currently held by freshman Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-Binghamton) and Rep .John Katko (R-Auburn), who is retiring.
Democrats now outnumber Republicans 221-209 in the House of Representatives, with five seats vacant.
In the case of Malliotakis, her borough was split to remove conservative-leaning neighborhoods in south Brooklyn, including Dyker Heights and Bath Beach, while adding Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Park Slope, some of the borough’s most liberal areas.
The conservative parts were pinned to the meandering, S-shaped borough of Manhattan, represented by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has served in Congress for three decades.
Hochul and Heastie spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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