Competition Winners

This page provides a summary of each plan. Please visit the pages for "First Place Congressional Plan" and "First Place State Senate Plan" for their full narrative justifications. For media interested in getting in touch with the first place contestants, please contact Tyrone Stevens at tstevens13@fordham.edu.

Congress:

Winner—University at Buffalo Law School

Andrew Dean    Lauren Skompinski    Nutan Sewdath    Eric Tabache  

Matthew Burrows    Dominique Mendez    Jacob Drum                               

Map Link: https://districtbuilder.redistrictny.org/districtmapping/plan/1052/view/

Key Stats:

Voting Rights Act—The Buffalo team met the requirement of 3 Black Majority VAP districts and created 2 Hispanic Majority VAP districts exceeding the requirement for the competition (requirement=1). Additionally, The Buffalo team drew a plurality Asian district in Flushing Queens (D-23).  

Compactness—They achieved an overall compactness score of 61.20%, far exceeding New York’s current Congressional map which has a 48.5% compactness score.

Population—All 27 districts fall within the required population deviation.

Contiguity—Buffalo’s map meets the requirement for contiguity because all districts within the map are contiguous, with no “point contiguity” or “touch-point contiguity.”

Competitiveness—In Upstate New York, the Buffalo team achieved an average partisan differential of 8%, a respectable number that falls within the “competitive” range.  Statewide, 15 of their congressional districts have partisan differentials of less than 10%, and can be considered “competitive.” Understandably, further downstate the team couldn’t avoid an increase in the partisan differential because of the disparity in favor of registered Democrats over registered Republicans.

State Senate:

Winner—George Mason University

Lee Sparrow                                

Map Link: https://districtbuilder.redistrictny.org/districtmapping/plan/1063/view/

Key Stats:

Federal Voting Rights Act—Sparrow’s map meets the requirement for Black VAP majority districts (8) and Hispanic VAP majority districts (6). Additionally, in District 17 he created a majority Black VAP district, yet the district is also 41% Hispanic creating sizable influence for the Hispanic population in this Senate district that includes a good portion of Brooklyn’s King’s County. Also, his map creates a plurality Asian district in Flushing Queens (D-11). In that district Asians make up 48.75% of the population.

Compactness—Lee Sparrow’s Senate map achieves an impressive compactness score of 66.20%.

Population—Each of New York’s Senate districts meet the legal population requirement.

Contiguity— Sparrow’s map meets the requirement for contiguity because all districts within the map are contiguous, with no “point contiguity” or “touch-point contiguity.

Competitiveness—This plan created 23 highly competitive districts (those with a partisan differential of less than or equal to 5%) and 12 additional generally competitive districts (those with a partisan differential of less than or equal to 10%).  His plan has 13 more highly competitive districts and an additional 12 competitive districts over the entirety of the state than exists in the current Senate map.