Legislature

Democrats in the Cayuga County Legislature support a plan to reduce the legislature to 11 members

The Democratic caucus in the Cayuga County Legislature announced its support for a plan to reduce the number of lawmakers from 15 to 11.

The Citizen reports that the caucus, made up of Christina Calarco, Elane Daly, Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Brian Muldrow, Heidi Nightengale and independent Tricia Kerr, released a statement Thursday in support of the legislature reduction plan. In its announcement, the caucus said the reduced membership “may result in appropriate legislative participation and representation.” District lines must be redrawn every ten years after the federal census, with each district being roughly equal in population.

Related: Cayuga County Legislature Considers Competing Redistricting Plans

Another proposal calls for keeping the number of members at 15. It is unclear whether the proposal of 11 lawmakers has enough support to pass. Government Operations Committee Chairman Chris Petrus unsuccessfully tried to get a resolution to pass the 11 lawmakers’ plan at the committee’s last meeting. The 11-legislator plan would end what is known as weighted voting, where the votes of lawmakers in more populous districts count more than those in less-populated districts.

Whatever the legislature decides, it must do so by August, so voters can have the final say in November.


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