BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Not long after being signed, the new City of Buffalo district maps are still being met with controversy.
On Tuesday morning, a group called “Our City Action Buffalo” posted a thread on Twitter in opposition to the reapportionment map.
“The redistricting process in Buffalo has exposed a great deal about our city government, how it regards democracy, and how it treats the people it is supposed to serve,” they wrote on Twitter.
Saying “We will not back down,” the group says it will be filing a lawsuit against the city “in the coming days.” They shared a link where people can donate to the legal fund if they wish to.
They say they will also be suing the Erie County Board of Elections.
Those in opposition to the map say it splits communities and doesn’t represent the city’s population changes.
Interim director Harper Bishop said they plan to file within the next 30 days.
“We had hoped that the mayor would not be scapegoated and he would see some of the intricacies and gerrymandering we’ve been talking about all along and he would veto the maps the council put forward. Since he has not done that our course of action is to litigate this,” Bishop said.
There were public hearings before the mayor voted on the maps.
“The maps that were done by the reapportionment commission, forwarded to the council, reviewed by the council and then sent to me, I see no legal basis for a challenge, but that is the right of these individuals,” Mayor Byron Brown said.
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