ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM) – Amid a battle over the state’s redistricting plan, New York’s primary elections will proceed as planned after an appeals judge on Friday declined to slow down the process.

State Appellate Division Justice Stephen Lindley of Rochester extended an already issued temporary stay on district maps that drawn by the Democrat-led legislature. For petitioning purposes, this allows New York’s congressional, Senate and Assembly candidates to continue to canvas.

This decision comes a week after Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister in Steuben County ruled the recently redrawn maps unconstitutional and gerrymandered to benefit Democrats. McAllister gave the Democrat-led state Legislature until April 11 to submit new maps.

At this point in time, the case will be heard in front of the State of New York’s Appellate Division. Oral arguments will be heard on April 20th, which is when Lindley’s extension will run through.

George Winner, an attorney who is part of a team of lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case, said that this case is a two pronged issue.

There are two constitutional challenges here. One is on process, and the other is on substantive Gerrymandering objection… All three maps were still declared unconstitutional by Judge McAllister. We’re waiting to see what the appellate division does as it relates to the process arguments. The people want fair maps, and what the legislature did was not fair, so we’re proceeding accordingly. Stay tuned.

George Winner

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