Under the original plan, Monroe County would have been carved into six different State Senate districts, including three in the city of Rochester. The proposal moved the University of Rochester into the 61st District, represented by Buffalo-area senator Michael Ranzenhofer.
Monday, a new map will be released; one that's expected to redraw the University and Medical Center back into a Rochester-area district.
"I'm very glad that they chose me to do that, and it looks like that adjustment is going to be made,” said Senator Joe Robach, (R).
Robach said he just learned before leaving Albany that the area's number one employer would be redrawn into his 56th Senate District.
"Somebody who is from here, rather than someone from Erie County. I think it makes all the sense in the world,” said Robach.
It's a topic that's dominated a public hearing on the redrawn Senate and Assembly lines last month. University of Rochester president Joel Seligman and Rochester mayor Tom Richards made a strong case to give the college and medical center a Monroe County-based representative in the Assembly and Senate.
"The legislative commission was responsive to that. I think it's good. That's how government should work,” said Robach.
Robach says his district will undergo few changes and will remain completely in Monroe County. Having worked closely with the university in the past, the Greece Republican says it's a perfect fit.
"I think a lot of people, in all humility, will be happy to hear that I'm going to be the one representing that,” Robach said.
Democratic state Assemblyman Joe Morelle says he's pleased it appears the U of R will be restored to a Monroe County Senate district. Assemblyman David Gantt said moving the University does not satisfy is concerns. He plans to move forward with a lawsuit because he believes the Senate lines discriminate against minority constituents.
Robach says he expects the Senate to vote on a final redistricting map by the end of next week.