Dueling proposals from members of the New York Independent Redistricting Commission would alter Cayuga County’s state Senate districts.
The Democratic commissioners proposed splitting Cayuga County into two state Senate districts. The city of Auburn and most of the county would be in a district that stretches along Lake Ontario north of Watertown and Fort Drum. Much of the area that would be in the district is represented by state Sen. Patty Ritchie, a Republican.
The remaining part of Cayuga County — a chunk of towns at the southern end of the county — would be in a district that includes counties represented by state Sen. Pam Helming, a Republican. Helming is one of five members of Cayuga County’s state legislative delegation.
The Democrats’ proposed district would include all of Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties, plus portions of Cortland and Ontario counties.
Republicans on the commission proposed different maps that would divide Cayuga County into three state Senate districts.
One draft map, titled “Syracuse,” would put the cities of Auburn and Syracuse in the same district. There would be some Cayuga County towns in the district, including the towns of Owasco and Sennett.
It’s unlikely that this map would be adopted because it would put Democratic state Sens. John Mannion, who represents Auburn and part of Cayuga County, and Rachel May in the same district.