The Cayuga County Legislature is looking into exploring redistricting, reapportionment, and alternative forms of government for the county, as a committee Tuesday approved the hiring of an expert to explain how the processes could work.
The Legislature’s Government Operations committee approved the hiring of Dr. Gerald Benjamin, of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center, which assists local governments with applied research, evaluation, and policy analysis, to make a presentation to the Legislature for a fee of $1,500 plus expenses.
As part of the upcoming 10-year US Census, the Legislature will be required to re-evaluate the apportionment for its weighted voting system. Currently, the Legislature uses a system where a legislator’s vote receives a specified number of votes based on the population of their district.
Legislator Tim Lattimore, R-Auburn, said he believes the current system can be unfair, with just a few heavily populated districts overruling all the others.