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November 20, 2012

Panel's plan tweaks ward shapes

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The commission worked to realign wards to meet federal and state laws requiring legislative districts substantially equal in population. Ward lines haven’t been adjusted since the city adopted eight wards instead of six in the 1970s. Simons reported Oneonta’s population at 16,030 in 1970 had decreased to 13,901 in 2010.

Commissioners met about a dozen times since the panel formed in June and reviewed laws, census data and other factors to prepare various maps to consider. The commission also worked to preserve historic districts and neighborhoods.

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