From the NY Times:
...the state’s redistricting system creates almost lifetime tenure for elected officials and an almost imperial level of control for the majority leadership. Separating it from political influence must therefore be high on any reform agenda.
The Legislature should create a panel of distinguished citizens, perhaps including a few legislators, which would submit three plans for redistricting; the Legislature could choose one of them, but could not alter it.
The Legislature should also take the process of disbursing member items out of the majority leader’s hands, and create an objective scale for determining the amount given to each legislator.
In the last statewide election, in 2008, many Democratic candidates stressed the need to reform the legislative process in the Senate. They gained the majority, but unfortunately the reform agenda is still on hold.