Redistricting key to future of Weiner’s House seat
DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press
Updated 11:34 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — With U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s humiliating exit from office, New York is likely to hold a special election sometime in the next few months to pick his successor, but voters probably shouldn’t expect a bruising public contest over the right to go to Washington. The job might not even exist in 19 months.
Because of population shifts, New York state is slated to lose two House seats in 2013, and lawmakers in Albany will spend the next few years redrawing the boundaries of congressional districts in a highly politicized process that could, in theory, wipe Weiner’s old territory in Queens and Brooklyn from the map.
Traditionally, lawmakers looking to butcher a district have turned to ones where there is no incumbent, or one with little seniority. That would seem to put the 9th Congressional District at risk for elimination, or at least a bigger overhaul of its borders than other districts in the state.