BINGHAMTON, NY — Two local Republican candidates are praising the democratically appointed Court of Appeals decision to throw out the old cards.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney currently represents the 22nd District, running from Binghamton to Utica to Oswego.
After that district was essentially eliminated, she announced her intention to run in the newly designed 23rd, which took Congressman Tom Reed’s district west and added parts of Broome, Cortland and Chenango.
Tenney says Democrats overplayed their game trying to avoid an anticipated red wave.
“Half of my cities and counties that I already represent are in what was created as the new 23rd, which has now been erased. So we’ll wait and see what happens. How the lines move up. Hopefully the counties I represent now will be in the new district, but we’ll see,” Tenney says.
Former Binghamton Mayor Rich David had announced his intention to run for the state Senate to replace Fred Akshar before the new maps were released.
These maps removed Broome County from the district along with Chenango and Tioga counties that had traditionally voted Republican and combined it with Democratic-leaning Tompkins County.
David says the newly minted 53rd was cited in the lawsuit that led to the cards being thrown out.
“It’s very clear, even to a layman, that this district has been turned upside down and has been drastically changed in an effort for Democrats to gain more power at the expense of effective local representation,” David says.
David says Broome and Tioga counties are more communities of interest than Binghamton and Ithaca.
But he says he is ready to run in any district that includes Binghamton, regardless of his overall party registration.