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Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has announced her candidacy for a New York Senate seat.

High court upholds additional NY Senate seat

May 3, 2012

The seven-member Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State, today upheld a Republican Party plan to add one seat to the state Senate, upping the body to 63 members.

The Court ruled that Senate Democrats did not satisfy the "heavy burden of establishing the unconstitutionality" of the GOP plan.

The move is seen by many as a move by Republicans to maintain a majority in the state Senate.