Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti is being criticized for referring to animals in explaining his objection to same-sex marriage.
During a radio interview yesterday, Grisanti – a freshman from Buffalo whom Lady Gaga is targeting - said he’d support civil unions, but was uncomfortable with applying the term “marriage” to the relationship formed between Read More
In the world of tenant activists, 2009 was a year of tremendous optimism. And then it wasn’t.
Democratic control of the State Senate failed to provide any of the radical changes to rent laws that activists had long fought for—and that were expected once Republicans were booted from the majority. Deadlock dominated; the housing committee 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—State Senator Tom Duane just shared his feelings on the chamber floor after the failure of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
“I’m angry, I’m disappointed, I’m sad, I’m let down, I’m betrayed, but I am not going away,” Duane said. “It makes me angry, but it doesn’t in any way make me or 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—A vote on same-sex marriage will be held “at a date not certain between now and the end of the year,” David Paterson just promised publicly.
“This is the first time the Senate leadership has indicated that it will support a vote on marriage equality,” Paterson said. He also committed to putting the bill Read More
ALBANY—It’s a Hail Mary pass for same-sex marriage.
State Senator Tom Duane, the measure’s sponsor in that chamber, just walked across the back of the floor trailed by Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and Eric Adams, his top lieutenant. Along with Senators Malcolm Smith, Eric Schneiderman and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, they walked Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson officially officially proclaimed a special session on Tuesday to consider his $3 billion plan to bridge a mid-year deficit as well as other miscellaneous legislative business, even though no budget-cutting agreements have been reached among the governor and legislative leaders.
Paterson’s formal proclamation for the session is a political wish Read More
It looks like the elected officials who represent Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are bracing for the complex to default, and they’re already reminding the complex’s lenders–Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–about how the lenders themselves needed a bit of help last year.
In a letter to Fannie and Freddie, the electeds–U.S. Representative Carolyn Read More
ALBANY—The hospital lobby is using three State Senate Democrats as a shield in their fight against health care cuts David Paterson proposed in a $3 billion deficit reduction plan.
Ken Raske, CEO of the Greater New York Hospital Association, sent this memo to hospital heads and lobbyists, naming Carl Kruger, Read More