Just before signing off his show today, New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker threw cold water on one of Andrew Cuomo’s stated goals for this legislative year.
After rattling of a list of Cuomo’s goals, Dicker said, “The governor is also committed to same-sex marriage, but there is little I think he can do about that, as long as the Senate just doesn’t have the votes to pass the measure.”
Cuomo is reportedly looking for a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage by June. It’s passed the Assembly by wide margins, twice. It was defeated in the State Senate two years ago, but since then, a number of people who opposed it have left, or signaled a possible shift.
Some of the changes that have taken place in that chamber, since the last vote, include:
George Onorato, a Democrat who retired and was replaced with Michael Gianaris, a progressive Democrat who voted for it in the Assembly. Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat who was expelled and replaced with Jose Peralta, a Democrat who voted for it in the Assembly.
Pedro Espada, a Democrat who was replaced by Gustavo Rivera, a progressive Democrat [Correction: Espada voted for the bill]. Joseph Addabo, conservative Democrats who voted no, now says he’s reconsidering the issue.