Monroe County legislature approves districting amendment
Monroe County, New York- On Friday evening in a 20 to 9 vote, the Monroe County legislature approved an amended set of district maps.
According to some democrats, the vote was illegal and cited legislative rules as well as gerrymandering.
Some also argued the amendments were not made available to the individual legislatures before the vote.
Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive, expressed his ‘concern and frustration’ regarding the process by which the legislature attempted to redraw legislative district boundaries.
The process was not transparent, did not allow for meaningful public input, and did not provide adequate information to the public concerning the proposed new districts, Bello said.
Bello added that at Friday’s meeting, the legislature majority ignored legal and public concerns and passed their redistricting local law. He said he will review the local law and hold a public hearing in Jan. 2022.
He said he will take action within the 30 day period to either approve or veto the law, after the county receives public and legal feedback.