Sources: Gov. Cuomo won't veto LI redistricting maps
News 12 - Long Island Staff
/ News 12 - Long Island
WOODBURY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not plan to veto Long Island's newly drawn election district maps, potentially upsetting minority groups who have lobbied for fairer redistricting on the Island.
According to sources in Assemblyman Sheldon Silver's (D-Manhattan) office, Cuomo is willing to accept the Legislature's redistricting proposals.
Critics say the maps are gerrymandered to protect incumbents and put minority groups at a disadvantage. Voter rights advocates also say Cuomo is going against a campaign promise to veto the new election maps.
"It's not something that can change tomorrow," said Karina Claudio-Betancourt of the Make the Road New York group. "If these maps are approved, it will last for the next 10 years."
In other developments in Albany, legislative sources tell News 12 Long Island that a deal has been struck to lift the ban on Las Vegas-style casinos in New York and to authorize up to seven casinos. There could also be agreements within days on a cheaper pension system for future public workers.
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