Mayor Bloomberg shed some more light on what he told Republican State Senators behind closed-doors in Albany yesterday.
“I said look, you got to take a vote,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show this morning.
“They should stand up and be on record whether they vote the way I would like them to or not,” he said. “Democracy is best served by elected officials saying explicitly what they stand for, and why and not trying to hind behind ‘Well, I didn’t get a chance to express myself.’ “
Republican State Senate Leader Dean Skelos has not publicly committed to bringing the bill up for a vote. So far, there are 31 State Senators — 29 Democrats and 2 Republicans — who say they will vote for the bill in its current form. One more is needed for passage. Governor Cuomo, who is corralling votes to pass the measure, has previously said he doesn’t want the bill brought up for a vote unless there are enough to pass it.