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Court backs Senate GOP redistricting plan

ALBANY -- They've won in state courts. They've won at the U.S. Justice Department. And now they've won in federal courts.

A three-judge federal panel in Brooklyn has decided it is not going to intervene to stop this fall's elections from going ahead under the new district lines drawn by the Senate Republicans, who are using the addition of a new seat -- bringing the chamber up to 63 seats -- to try to retain their narrow margin of control over Democrats.

The obvious reaction from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, the Legislature's top Republican: "I am extremely pleased with this decision, and it ensures the state can administer an orderly and fair election this fall.''

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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