Last year, the redrawn congressional and state senate maps were declared unconstitutional by a state Supreme Court justice and thrown out. The maps were then redrawn by a court-appointed special master. The maps produced by the special master were used for the November midterm elections and resulted in the loss of four House seats for Democrats, helping the Republicans win a majority in the House of Representatives.
The redistricting process isn't over. On Monday, the Independent Redistricting Commission begins a public hearing tour to gather input on redrawing the State Assembly districts. The hearings will take place at twelve locations throughout the state. The hearing of greatest relevance to us takes place in Albany on Wednesday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m., at the University at Albany, Page Hall--Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue.