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The redistricting debate, live

At 10 AM, the New York State Senate will hold a hearing on redistricting; the once-every-ten-year event where lawmakers determine the boundaries of their districts. This year, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch has led a push to create a non-partisan redistricting process. Koch and a bunch of other supporters are expected to speak.

Mayor Bloomberg says it will increase the competitiveness of the elections, and make elected officials more responsive to voters. But it's not universally embraced by lawmakers.

Senator Chuck Schumer is not in favor of the plan, saying it's unfair for it to happen in New York if it's not happening in other states at the same time.