Redistricting Commission sets public hearings on proposed election maps

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission has unveiled its draft plans for new state Senate, state Assembly and congressional election districts following the 2020 Census, and has scheduled a series of public hearings this fall to get feedback on the new maps.

The New York State Constitution requires the Commission to hold 12 hearings in the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, and White Plains, as well as the counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, and Suffolk. The commission has scheduled two additional hearings — one in the North Country and one in the Southern Tier regions — to receive additional public feedback.

New York state is losing one congressional seat — dropping from 27 to 26 — based on a loss of population reflected in the latest Census data. If the Commission fails to pass a plan approved by at least seven of its members, it will turn over its proposed maps to the Legislature which has the option of adopting any plan it chooses, as long as the districts are contiguous and equal in population.

Details for the public hearings are:



Wednesday, October 20
Buffalo State College (SUNY)
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222


Thursday, October 21
Rochester EOC (SUNY UCAWD)
Multi-Purpose Room
161 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Southern Tier

Monday, October 25
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Innovative Technologies Complex
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, New York 13850


Tuesday, October 26
Syracuse University College of Law
Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom
Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13210


North Country

Wednesday, October 27
SUNY Plattsburgh
E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium
Hawkins Hall, 101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901


Monday, November 1
University at Albany (SUNY)
Page Hall – Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203

White Plains

Monday, November 8
Haub School of Law at Pace University
Gerber Glass Moot Courtroom
78 North Broadway
White Plains, New York 10603



Tuesday, November 9
1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10456


Wednesday, November 10
Hunter College (CUNY)
695 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065

Staten Island

Monday, November 15
Catholic Charities of Staten Island
CYO Center at Mount Loretto
6541 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10309



Tuesday, November 16
Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225


Wednesday, November 17
York College (CUNY)
Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center
94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11451

Nassau County

Monday, November 22
Nassau Community College (SUNY)
College Center Building – Multi-Purpose Room
1 Education Drive
Garden City, New York 11530

Suffolk County

Tuesday, November 23
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Charles B. Wang Center
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, New York 11794


The Independent Redistricting Commission is composed of 10 members. Two are appointed by the New York State Senate Majority Leader and Temporary President, two are appointed by the New York State Senate Minority Leader, two are appointed by the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and two are appointed by the New York State Assembly Minority Leader. The final two members are then selected by these eight appointees. Neither can be enrolled as a Democrat or Republican in the past five years. Additionally, appointing authorities have consulted with organizations devoted to protecting the voting rights of minority and other voters concerning their appointments. The Commission members must be registered voters in New York State.

Further information regarding these hearings will be available on the Commission’s website,, in the coming days and weeks. Recordings of the hearings will be made available to the public following each hearing’s completion.