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Legislature redistricting gets approval

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County legislature passed a new redistricting plan during the Monday, May 9 meeting with only two legislators voting against its adoption. The vote came following the Tuesday, May 3 government operations meeting that saw the adopted plan get recommended after the previous plan did not get accepted.
The first plan that did not gain traction would have increased the number of legislators, whereas the one that just passed keeps the number at 14. The legislature noted the plan will have the least amount of disruption to the existing districts. The general consensus during the operations meeting was the plan they were going to recommend retained roughly 90 percent of the previous plan with only a few key changes.
"This (new) plan does address the concerns I had of representation," said Legislator Carlie Chilson during the Tuesday meeting.
Chilson went on to say that despite the fact the number of legislators would remain static-the way districts will be divided will increase representation to some villages in the county.
Following the government operations meeting vote to formally recommend the new plan, Legislative Chair Leslie Church thanked the previous ad hoc committee that designed the original plan for all of their hard work.
Former chair and original ad hoc committee member Douglas Paddock voted no to the new plan. While Paddock gave no reasoning as to why he was voting no, Daniel Banach justified his no vote over how the district including Penn Yan was counted.
"I am going to vote no on this because I have been in the position that the village of Penn Yan should be one legislative district... I think they made a big mistake," Banach said.
While the legislature has passed the redistricting plan, which was made necessary by the 2020 federal census, the plan will need to go through a public hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

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