“I’m angry, I’m disappointed, I’m sad, I’m let down, I’m betrayed – but I am not going away,” said State Senator Tom Duane, the bill’s sponsor.
“Several Republicans wanted to vote for this,” said Jeff Cook, a legislative adviser for the Log Cabin Republicans. “But those Republicans aren’t willing to take a tough political vote when the bill has no chance of passage. And that’s the political reality.”
“My position all along is if we can find a way to get people civil rights, I can do that. But to vote for [gay] marriage, I can’t do that,” explained Buffalo’s Bill Stachowski, one of eight Democrats who voted against the measure
“I will tell you, I’m over the age of 40 — and that’s all your going to get out of me — but I’ve never been able to maintain a relationship of the length or the quality that Tom Duane and Louis has,” said Senator Diane Savino, a Democrat who voted for the measure. “Why should they be denied the right to share their life together?”
“It changes the definition of marriage being between a man and a woman, and that’s the way it’s been historically and culturally, and I don’t believe that should happen right now,” said Senator Betty Little, a Republican who voted against the measure. “I believe my position represents the majority of the constituents in my district.”
“It’s just a huge win,” said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “It’s going to help cement defeat for gay marriage in New Jersey, and I think it’s going to get a whole bunch of politicians in New Hampshire who voted for gay marriage this year pretty nervous when they come up for election.”
The Times Union says the failure is “one more thing over which New Yorkers can feel justifiable embarrassment.”
The Times says the Senate voted for discrimination. And: “Mr. Paterson was right to insist on the vote during the current special session, but he was too weak to get the job done. The Democratic Senate leaders – John Sampson of Brooklyn, Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx, and Malcolm Smith of Queens – also failed to deliver. Beyond any ideological divide, the disappointing result, which is at odds with the sentiment of the majority voters registered in recent opinion polls, is yet another sign of Albany’s ongoing squabbling and dysfunction.”
The now-approved deficit reduction package is actually around $2.7 billion.
Paterson has ordered the delay of other payments so the state doesn’t run out of money.
The Tier V pension package largely excludes workers in New York City.
John Faso said it could be several steps back.
The Post calls it all “small progress for fiscal stability in Albany.”
Danny Hakim said that Joe Bruno has been the commentator at his own trial, “at times seeming to glide through his trial with a stick of gum in his mouth and a quip on his lip.”
Part four of City Hall’s look at the Working Families Party.
And below, a video of Republican Senator Jim Alesi voting against same-sex marriage: