On Friday afternoon, State Senator Diane Savino was still plotting exactly how best to help same-sex marriage couples celebrate their big day on Staten Island.
“Assemblyman [Matthew] Titone and I are going to be there handing out cupcakes and champagne — or perhaps mimosas, or bellinis,” Savino said.
By the time The Observer arrived at Staten Island’s Borough Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Titone and Savino had come and gone, and the procession of couples seeking marriage ceremonies and licenses had largely tapered off.
The majority of the 38 couples who had registered to marry there had long since come through, leaving plenty of room for stragglers to meander into Borough Hall, sometimes in clothing more fit for a backyard cookout than a wedding ceremony. “That’s the beauty of the entire thing,” commented a passerby on Stuyvesant Street. “They can just hop off their bicycles and come and get married, no red tape, nothing.”
The Republican redistricting plan just passed the Republican-controlled State Senate, 35-24, with the four Independent Democrats throwing their support behind the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, John Bonacic, said before the vote that he wasn’t “playing the blame game” but wanted to note “you guys [Democrats] had opportunities” to pass similar legislaiton when they controlled Read More
Senate Democrats stood behind Majority Leader John Sampson’s unwillingness to pledge to bring gay marriage up for a vote in 2011 in a series of interviews today.
Many State Senate Dems gathered on the steps of City Hall for a press conference on hydro-fracking and they agreed with Sampson that it may Read More
Democratic State Senator Diane Savino said she’s “not going to overreact” to the allegations leveled against Governor David Paterson and the state police, who reportedly contacted a woman who was unable to file a domestic violence complaint against a top gubernatorial aide.
Savino said the situation with Paterson is not unlike the one with Read More
ALBANY—During the debate on same-sex marriage in the State Senate, Diane Savino just made a point in dramatically personal fashion against those who want to protect the “sanctity” of marriage: “What are we really protecting?”
“We’re giving away husbands on a TV show,” Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, said. She referenced The Bachelor, Read More
ALBANY—There’s a computer shortage in the State Senate because federal investigators seized over 100 terminals in connection with their investigation of former Majority Leader Joe Bruno, whose trial is now underway.
“Due to the allegations against former majority leader Joe Bruno, the feds confiscated a number of Senate computers, which left the senate Read More
ALBANY—They’ll think about it, at least.
After public calls for same-sex marriage to be put on the agenda of a special session now scheduled for Nov. 10, members of the State Senate Democratic conference are hoping to at least hash it out in a closed-door conference.
“I think it’s a conversation we need Read More
Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat is also calling for State Senator Hiram Monserrate to resign, but said it is a “point of weakness” that the Inquisition Panel formed last week to ponder charges against him contains no Latino members.
“Given what has happened, Senator Monserrate is no longer able to effectively serve his constituents, or the Read More
In an upstairs conference room at 250 Broadway this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader John Sampson somberly, but forcefully, defended his plan to commission a nine-person committee–with a Democratic majority–to consider the case of convicted Senator Hiram Monserrate.
“Violence against women is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Sampson. “It has no place in Read More
ALBANY—State Senator Hiram Monserrate is guilty–but not guilty enough to automatically lose his seat or throw the already-unstable chamber into complete disarray.
Already there are rumblings in the chamber to have a committee review the matter; under the Legislative Law, senators could then approve Monserrate's expulsion.
"Hopefully he would step aside on his Read More