Cuomo pledged to end partisan gerrymandering. His plan just failed its biggest test.


ALBANY, N.Y. — Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature structural change to state government during his first term was an overhaul of political mapmaking in New York. A new “Independent Redistricting Commission” would “permanently reform the redistricting process in New York to once and for all end self-interested partisan gerrymandering,” he promised.

That bipartisan commission flunked its biggest test on Monday, with its 10 members deadlocking 5-5 on a pair of competing proposals.

“This was an abject failure,” said commissioner Ross Brady, who is allied with the Republican members.

That leaves the redistricting process exactly as it was a decade ago. State lawmakers are now likely to reject both of the commission’s plans and draw the maps themselves. And success is not a given — the Legislature’s Democratic majorities need near unanimity and will have to fend off any GOP court challenges.

But the commission’s stalemate eases the way for the most pro-Democratic gerrymandering in the history of New York, the country’s second most-populous Democratic stronghold. That

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