Just before signing off his show today, New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker threw cold
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.