The Tompkins County ad hoc committee charged with re-drawing the boarders of the county’s 15 districts is now considering completely eliminating one of the Ithaca districts. This would mean one less representative for Ithaca in legislative chambers starting next year. Even further, this would likely mean two less ward representatives as well.
After receiving the census results from 2010, the county is required to study its political districts and adjust them accordingly for changes in population.
Though many plans have been considered, the most popular plan is the afore-mentioned, cutting Ithaca’s five districts down to four and leaving Tompkins county with a new 14-district system.
District 1 is apt to change the most, as it is the largest of Ithaca’s districts, extending from West Hill to where routes 366 and 79 connect all the way in the east.
The proposed new district would basically be a merge with the Second District, which contains the center of Ithaca and the Commons.
At this point, there are no indicators as to which legislator will lose their seat, and which two alderpeople will lose theirs.