ALBANY—Does anyone like this deficit deal? Anyone?
Below are the roll calls from the State Assembly, where a measure to offer amnesty to delinquent taxpayers passed with only two dissenters—Republicans Jim Hayes and Will Barclay. The two other bills comprising the deficit reduction plan passed 106-32, largely, though not completely, Read More
ALBANY—What went wrong?
Despite the spin, most everyone pushing for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage privately acknowledges that the 24-38 loss in the State Senate was a whopper, and while theories abound, there’s no clear explaination for how the bill was so soundly defeated.
Senator Eric Schneiderman started by blaming Republicans.
“If you Read More
ALBANY The debate on same-sex marriage in the State Senate started at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
Senator Tom Duane, the chamber’s only openly gay member and the bill’s sponsor, spoke very briefly explaining the measure.
“This legislation would merely provide me and tens of thousands of other new Yorkers with equal Read More
ALBANY—Some pre-same-sex marriage Senate tea leaves:
Christine Quinn, the openly gay speaker of the New York City Council, is here. I snapped this photo of her near the Senate chamber, where she told me “I’m up here hopeful there will be a vote on marriage equality and that it will move the issue forward.” Read More
ALBANY—A good (?) harbinger: State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. says he will be coming to the Capitol for Monday’s session.
“They sent me the governor’s budget proposal, so we have something to negotiate, so I’ll be in Albany. They just delivered it to me at my house. UPS,” Diaz told me just now, enjoying some Read More
ALBANY—State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is “sorry” he missed a vote on Leandra’s Law, which cracks down on people who drive drunk with kids in their car, but he has other business to attend to.
“I am distributing turkeys to my seniors in the Bronx,” Diaz told me by phone. He said he’s distributing Read More
Ruben Diaz, Sr.–the outspoken state senator from the Bronx who opposed the expansion of the Harvey Milk School, opposed the Gay Games as potentially spreading H.I.V., and continually, vehemently opposes any same-sex marriage bill in Albany–employs a chief counsel, Christopher R. Lynn, who is openly gay. And they double date, says The Times in a Read More
Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. said about 100 ministers met with him and Bill Thompson in the Bronx this morning, vowing to help get him elected. Afterward, they went to a senior center.
“The enthusiasm, you should have seen it,” said Diaz. “A standing ovation. Ministers chanting Bill-y! Bill-y!”
I had to rely on Diaz’s account Read More
Sometimes, candidates campaign without the media.
This morning at 9 a.m., Michael Bloomberg had a breakfast in Washington Heights with seniors, which was not publicized by his campaign.
A campaign source said it wasn’t publicized because they feared reporters wouldn’t be able to make it on time, and that the mayor’s schedule was so chock 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