Times Union Reports: Following population data from the 2010 census, the state will lose two U.S. House seats from its current 29. The redrawing of those districts is close to completion, according to members of LATFOR, the legislative panel that controls the once-a-decade redistricting process.
State records show six potentially imperiled representatives paid a total of $169,527 to lobbyists for work on redistricting in 2011: Democrats Joseph Crowley of Queens, Eliot Engel of the Bronx, Brian Higging of Buffalo, Kathy Hochul of Genesee County and Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island, plus Republican Richard Hanna of Oneida County.
But what are the elected officials getting for their money? It’s not something they like to talk about in depth.