The judge deemed them unconstitutional gerrymandering.

Judge Patrick F. McAllister ordered the Legislature to draw new maps with bipartisan support by April 11th. New York’s primary elections will be held at the end of June.


McAllister specifically stated that Democrats ignored a 2014 constitutional amendment that governs the way the Legislature must consider maps drawn by a bipartisan commission.

If the state’s lawmakers can not meet the April 11th deadline, the court will hire a neutral expert to create the maps at the government’s expense.

The communications director for New York Senate Democrats said they would appeal the decision.

“This is one step in the process. We always knew this case would be decided by the appellate courts. We are appealing this decision and expect this decision will be stayed as the appeal process proceeds,” he tweeted.

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