Two state Senate seats would shift to New York City under a legislative redistricting bill submitted late Monday night, potentially adding more power to Hispanic and Asian voters along the way.
The bill would add a Senate district to Brooklyn that includes a plurality of Asian voters. A plurality Hispanic district is being added in Queens. The number of state Senate seats would remain the same at 63.
But the move reflects the growing population in New York City, allowing Democrats who are in control of the redistricting process to re-apportion seats downstate. The party currently holds a supermajority in both the state Senate and Assembly in Albany.
Lawmakers could vote this week on the redistricting legislation that also redraws the districts for the House of Representatives. New York is losing a House seat because its population overall has seen stagnate growth compared to the rest of the country over the last decade.
Republicans in 2012 last added a seat to the state Senate, adding a 63rd district. The plan proposed by Democrats this week has a population differential between Senate districts at 1.6%, compared to the current 9.3%, a spokesman for the conference on Tuesday morning said.
The House plan submitted on Sunday by lawmakers is likely to benefit Democrats running key battleground races this fall, including parts of the Hudson Valley, Central New York and New York City.