Analysis: NY Senate District 37 Drawn for Maximum Republicans

Cohen, obviously tipped off early by the Republicans drawing the new lines, moved to New Rochelle last year.

The New York World has a very useful map online that ports 2010 votes into 2012 (proposed) district lines. Their finding? Not so surprising: Democrats in the Assembly have drawn lines to increase their majority, and Republicans in the Senate have drawn lines to increase their majority.

But Senate Distrct 37 stands out in their report. Won by incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer (D) in 2010 by a bare 600 votes, the district has been drawn “street-by-street” to make it look like a pretty safe bet for Oppenheimer’s wealthy 2010 challenger, Bob Cohen, who is running again (while Oppenheimer, no dummy, is retiring).

In the reconfigured 37th district proposed by LATFOR, a Republican would win in 2012 by more than 6,000 votes if each voter selected the candidate from the same major party whose nominee they backed in 2010.

One odd fact: Cohen’s lavish home in Scarsdale has been drawn out of the district, seeing as how Scarsdale voters were key to Oppenheimer’s last victory. Not to worry … Cohen, obviously tipped off early by the Republicans drawing the new lines, moved to New Rochelle last year.

But did the Republicans drew the lines too well? The district now looks so ripe that Cohen may face a primary challenge from Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita. That is, if anyone up in Albany can ever agree on when those primaries will be.