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Lines drawn for county districts

by Carol Thompson

Stressing that they are still tentative, Oswego County Legislator Dan Chalifoux unveiled the maps of the new district lines for the county’s 25 legislative districts.

Chalifoux, who serves as the chairman of the reapportionment committee, said that the lines were drawn so that no legislators had to face off against one another in the election.

The committee’s task is to bring all of the districts’ average populations to fewer than 4,900. Some districts are currently over the population requirement and some were under.

The new lines will balance out the population of each district while keeping the districts as contiguous as possible, Chalifoux noted.

The number of districts will remain the same as Republican lawmakers rejected a proposal to reduce the size of the legislature.

The new map did not contain road names, leaving some legislators to question the exact proximity of their new lines.

The current maps were not available at the meeting to provide a comparison, however, it was stated that they are available online.

Districts 1 and 5 remained unchanged. The county’s remaining 23 districts were changed — some minor and some substantially.

Legislator Amy Tresidder, who represents District 16, will cross the Oswego River under the new map, bringing her into a part of the east side of the city.

Legislator Morris Sorbello’s 23rd District lost a part of the Town of Granby and will pick up a part of the Town of Hannibal.

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