Here’s how the old congressional map and the new one affect us
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There have been a lot of changes to the districts for the members of Congress in New York because our population didn’t grow nearly as much as other states over the past decade, like Texas for instance.
The maps show us two big changes for people in our area. Some of you will now be voting for either Joe Morelle or La’Ron Singletary in November. Some of you will be voting in a Republican primary in August.
The race between Morelle and Singletary
In the changes made by the state, the 25th District included parts of Victor and Canandaigua. That’s gone. But now, if you live in northern Orleans County, Morelle and Singletary will be on your ballot next fall.
The other big change
The 24th District stretches from Niagara County to Watertown. Two Republicans filed petitions and are on the ballot: attorney Mario Fratto of Geneva and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney from Central New York.
If you live in this new district, your primary vote is on Aug. 23. Congressman Chris Jacobs from outside Buffalo represents part of our area now—the southern edge of Monroe County and parts of the northern Finger Lake counties. Monday he said he is a candidate in the new 23rd district which runs along the southern tier.
The original redistricting split 34 of New York’s 62 counties. The new map reduces that to 16. If you want to know what the man who did this map was thinking, read his thoughts here.