SARATOGA SPRINGS — In an 11th hour change to his draft map that would have shifted Saratoga Springs voters into the 21st congressional voting district, court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas on May 21 released his final map, setting district boundaries along Saratoga County lines.
Previously, the draft map split Saratoga County in a jagged west-to-east manner and placed Spa City voters in a district alongside those in Plattsburgh, Potsdam and other North Country municipalities along the Canadian border. Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik currently represents the 21st district.
The final map places all of Saratoga County into district 20, alongside Capital Region municipalities Albany, Schenectady and Troy, currently represented by Democrat Congressman Paul Tonko.
The draft map was released Monday May 16 and requested public input. Many did. Saratoga Springs City Mayor Ron Kim gathered with the respective mayors of Albany, Amsterdam, Schenectady and Troy to call upon Cervas to keep Saratoga Springs in NY-20 as it had been for the last 10 years.
The city of Amsterdam, Tonko’s home district was not included and will instead be in Stefanik’s NY-21 district.
In re-setting all of Saratoga County into NY-20, Stefanik’s home district of the town of Saratoga - previously been in NY-21, was shifted to Tonko’s NY-20 district.
The Constitution requires members of the House live in the state they represent, though not necessarily in the same district.