Finalized NY House Map Pits Dems Against Dems

The New York Times reports:

A state court formally approved New York’s new congressional map late Friday, ratifying a slate of House districts drawn by a neutral expert that could pave the way for Democratic losses this fall and force some of the party’s most prominent incumbents to face off in primary matches.

The map, approved just before a midnight deadline set by Justice Patrick F. McAllister of State Supreme Court in Steuben County, effectively unwinds an attempted Democratic gerrymander, creates a raft of new swing seats across the state, and scrambles some carefully laid lines that have long determined centers of power in New York City.

In Manhattan, the final map would still merge the seats of Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, setting the two Democratic committee leaders, who have served alongside each other for 30 years, onto an increasingly inevitable collision course.

Axios reports:

Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), who represents the New York City suburbs, launched a bid for the newly vacant 10th district, which covers parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and is far from where he currently serves.

Jones, who is gay, pointed to the prominence of the LGBT community in the district, which includes the Stonewall Inn, in tweets announcing his bid. “I’m excited to make my case for why I’m the right person to lead this district,” he wrote. “I have worked hard to deliver real results for New York State.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced a bid in a seat that is mostly comprised of Jones’ current district.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports:

The 22nd District, encompassing the Syracuse area, now includes more rural eastern regions and the city of Utica and excludes Ithaca, a Democratic stronghold drawn into the district by the Legislature earlier this year.

It is currently represented by Republican Claudia Tenney, who announced early Saturday that she’d run in the newly formed 24th District, which stretches from Niagara County in the west, loops around Rochester and ends around Watertown to the northeast.

Bids for the 19th are complicated by the fact that its incumbent, Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, is soon to resign and be sworn-in as lieutenant governor in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration.