Judge Pat McAllister Rules That The Maps Are Unconstitutional

March 31, 2022

BATH, NY – In Steuben County Surrogate Court today, Judge Pat McAllister ruled that the new district maps, approved by Governor Kathy Hochul, were unconstitutional, and the judge has ordered that new maps be drawn. Numerous sources have said that this will go to the New York State Court of Appeals immediately.

Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James issued the following joint statement in response to the New York Supreme Court’s rejection of the state’s current redistricting plans:

“We intend to appeal this decision.”

AUDIO: Elmira Attorney George Winner’s reaction to his victory in court, and his thoughts on what the New York State Court of Appeals will do next:

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar:
“The Democratic Party got caught today being undemocratic. Its attempt to rig elections and to shut down political dissent in New York through outrageous gerrymandering was fortunately thwarted in New York State Supreme Court. Just a glance at these lines revealed them as ridiculously tainted. Now the Democrats must go back to the drawing board and have new lines ready in less than two weeks. We applaud the court’s decision, and urge them to keep an eye on every pencil line the Democrats draw over the next 11 days. They are not to be trusted.”

From Republican Candidate For Governor Lee Zeldin:
“Albany Democrats made it clear from the beginning they had no intention of allowing the constitutionally required independent commission to deliver a map that best serves New Yorkers, and today, a judge recognized this blatant partisanship. Instead of hijacking the redistricting process for political gain, overriding the will of New York voters, Albany must redraw the maps in good faith and put New Yorkers, not their partisan games, first.”