MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday afternoon finalized the 19 new legislative districts that will go into effect for next year’s election. Lawmakers actually had two plans to consider. One of the plans was put forward by a special reapportionment commission and sponsored by legislator Tom DeJoe (D-Brocton). While put forward by the commission, there was not a majority consensus for the plan by its members. The other plan came from legislature majority leader and commission member Larry Barmore (R-Gerry).
The plan supported by Barmore is the one that eventually was approved by lawmakers by a vote of 15 to 7. The redistricting plan not only brings the legislative districts into compliance with the 2010 U.S. Census but also reduces the number districts from 25 to 19, as mandated by a public referendum in 2011.
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