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