Federal Judge Releases Proposed Congressional Redistricting Maps

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A Federal Judge released a proposed map that would eliminate two congressional districts, and realign districts across the state.

In Western New York, parts of the current 27th district, held by Democrat Brian Higgins would combine with the 26th district, held by freshman Representative Kathy Hochul.

It would also move Democrat Louise Slaughter out of the Buffalo region into a district surrounding Rochester.

The new 26th district would include the City of Buffalo and northern Erie County, up through Grand Island and including the City of Niagara Falls.

It would also include Amherst, where Hochul moved during last year's special election to be in the current 26th district she represents.

The new 27th district, which Hochul would most likely run in, would now include southern Erie and northern Niagara Counties, all the way east through Orleans and Genesee Counties.

Hochul would have move out of Amherst and into the new 27th to run, or she could face Higgins for the 26th.

This latest proposal comes after state lawmakers failed to agree on two partisan plans that sought to protect incumbent representatives.

The Senate and Assembly could still come to terms and agree on a map of their own, otherwise the judge's proposal would become the final map.