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On redistricting, law will be followed -- but which law?


I didn't find Sen. Michael Nozzolio's statements today at the LATFOR hearing in Albany as significant as others did.
Here's what he said, according to Capitol Confidential: “This is a bi-partisan position that the law will be complied with, whatever that law is … Impressions to the contrary are simply not accurate. ...We are in lockstep, in a bipartisan way, that the Senate Republican majority agrees, as do all of our four [legislative] conferences, that the law should be followed.”
What he's referring to is the ongoing food fight between Democrats and Republicans about whether to count prisoners as residents of where they're incarcerated, or at their last known address (an important consideration when you're slicing the state up into districts of roughly equal population).
But the news here isn't that Senate Republicans are withdrawing their lawsuit and giving up the fight. They're not. It's just, for now, they're willing to let the Assembly Democrats print out some population spreadsheets and maps that show prisoners at their last known address. But there's plenty of time. Things still could change. Districts don't have to be nailed down until early next year.
So the fight to figure out where to count prisoners is hardly over.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, waded into it (though it's far from the first time) today, telling Gannett: "“I said, even before I was attorney general, I said and I wrote that I didn't think it was right or fair that you're counting prisoners in the prison district."
If this is an about-face from Senate Republicans, it's a slight one. They're conceding that, right now, prisoners are residents of the place in which they're incarcerated. That arrangement could be soon upended by their still-alive-and-kicking lawsuit.

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