But the County’s charter, approved by voters several years ago, says that the committee will “present” its plan to the county legislature. It doesn’t say that the legislature must approve, nor does it say that the plan, as crafted, must be accepted. The chief architect of the plan, Dr. Gerald Benjamin, says he regrets not stating explicitly that the commission’s work is law. The county’s lawyers seem to say that the legislature must approve.
We disagree with the county’s lawyers. We believe that the commission’s work must stand. Don’t let the legislature get in the way here. They can only bollix the works by seeking to protect certain incumbents, in true gerrymandering fashion, as such plans have been traditionally subject.
And we still say that the fairest way to come up with a plan is to let a computer do it. Feed in the parameters, how many people per district, districts to conform to town lines as closely as possible, and accept the results. No complaining.++