Newly proposed House district lines are leading incumbent lawmakers to change their plans less than 24 hours after they were released.
Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney announced Monday she will run for the newly constituted 23rd Congressional District, a seat that stretches across the state's Southern Tier region from Broome to Chautauqua counties.
The move comes after the proposed maps released Sunday split Tenney's current district into multiple different seats, drawing into the same seat as Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado.
"Throughout my career I have stood up for Upstate New York and the Southern Tier, fighting for our shared conservative values in Albany and Washington," Tenney said on Monday in a statement. "My family business has been owned and operated in Chenango County since 1946, creating jobs for hundreds of people in our community over the years and contributing to our Southern Tier economy. Democrats in Albany are targeting me because they know I'll continue to stand up to Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Kathy Hochul's radical agenda."
Tenney's campaign also announced she has $1.15 million in cash on hand. The new district she would run for is likely a safe Republican seat. New York is losing one House district following the U.S. Census showing the state did not grow its population as fast as other parts of the U.S.
Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a declared candidate challenging Delgado this year, called the the redistricting process led by Democratic state lawmakers "a scam to begin with" after the Legislature rejected competing maps drawn by an independent commission. The newly drawn district for Delgado includes areas with more Democratic voters, including cities like Utica and Binghamton, as well as parts of Albany County.
"The Democrats in the Legislature wanted to control the outcome," he told reporters on Monday morning. "At the end of the day, I'm hopeful the courts will step in because this is a blatant effort to gerrymander for no other purpose."