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Kolb: Buffalo or Rochester should lose a congressional seat

Monday, January 30, 2012

More from New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on redistricting: he also says one of three upstate Democratic-held Congressional seats should be on the chopping block.

His counterpart in the majority, Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver, is quoted in a Daily News article saying he'd like to keep New York's 9th Congressional District--currently held by Republican Bob Turner--in place.

Kolb said his preference, if the logic of one upstate and one downstate district being removed still held, would be for one of the Western New York Districts to be gone.

"I think it generally should be somewhere in the urban areas," Kolb said. "The city of Buffalo would probably be one place to start."

Kolby cited Buffalo's population loss over the past decade as the main reason one of the two districts that encircle Erie County--NY-28, held by Rep. Louise Slaughter, and NY-27, held by Rep. Brian Higgins--should disappear.

Kolb also pointed to Rep. Kathleen Hochul's 26th Congressional District as a good candidate for removal.

"Between Rochester and Buffalo that would be the liklihood, where you've got one congressional representative too many if you just look at the population centers," he said.

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Hoyer or Clyburn

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

So, who is the NY delegation backing for House Democratic Whip, the current whip, James Clyburn of South Carolina or the more conservative alternative, Steny Hoyer, of Maryland?

So far, three New York Democratic Congressional members signed a letter Friday backing Hoyer:

Joe Crowley from Queens; Jerry Nadler, an uber-liberal from Manhattan; and Brian Higgins, a moderate from Buffalo.

I've reached out to the rest of the NY delegation and will update as responses come in.

UPDATE: Also with Hoyer are, I'm told, Maurice Hinchey, a progressive from the Hudson Valley; Eliot Engel, from the Bronx and Westchester; and Nydia Velazquez, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Undecided, at the moment, is Nita Lowey, a progressive from Westchester, is undecided.

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