Prof. Eric Lane Discusses Governor’s Power in NY Redistricting Case

Eric Lane, Dean and Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service

Reviewing the redistricting endgame
By Colby Hamilton
February 2, 2012
The Empire


Some observers worry that the recent Supreme Court case involving Texas’ redistricting will mean the courts will likely just accept whatever lines the legislature produced. But New York’s situation would have a crucial difference: in Texas, the lines were signed into law; here, Cuomo will have vetoed them. Without legal lines, the courts will be free to go their own way.

“The governor has so much power over this right now,” said Hofstra University law professor Eric Lane, who himself has participated in the redistricting process in the 1980s. “Once he throws the veto down, we’re at a standstill.”

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