power grabs

SHAME: New York Senators Still Using Gay Marriage Bill to Grab Power

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Speaking of trying to secure marriage rights in a blue state, new polling from New York’s 62 state senators reveals Sen. Thomas Duane’s statement that he had the necessary votes (32 of ’em) may not show the whole picture.

Just 20 senators (all Democrats) say they’ll vote “yes” on the same-sex marriage bill, with nine undecided, and five refuses to share their stance. Time Warner’s NY1 polled all 62 senators and found 28 senators will vote “no” (among them, six Democrats).

But just in case you thought bigoted Sen. Ruben Diaz was the only person using this equality bill as a means to grab power (remember, Diaz refused to support Sen. Malcolm Smith for majority leader unless Smith agreed not to bring gay marriage to a vote), listen to Rochester’s Republican Sen. Jim Alesi: He won’t reveal where he stands on the issue because the Democratic majority hasn’t lent him and his region enough support to warrant his cooperation. That doesn’t necessarily mean Alesi will vote against the bill (he says he’s made up his mind, though), he just won’t help Smith reach his magic number of 32 — which Smith is demanding before he’ll let the bill go to a full Senate vote.

Ah yes, playing politics with civil rights. How admirable!

Here’s where everyone stands:

Would vote “Yes”

Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn
Neil Breslin, D-Delmar
Martin Dilan, D-Brooklyn
Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan
Pedro Espada, D-Bronx
Craig Johnson, D-Nassau
Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester
Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan
Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn
Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Westchester
Kevin Parker, D-Brookyn
Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan
Diane Savino, D-Staten Island/Brooklyn
Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan/Bronx
Jose Serrano, D-Bronx/Manhattan
Malcolm Smith, D-Queens
Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn/Manhattan
Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Queens
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester
Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo

Would vote “No”

Darrel Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent
John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse
Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx
Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna
John Flanagan, R-Suffolk
Charles Fuschillo, R-Nassau/Suffolk
Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn
Joseph Griffo, R-Rome
Shirley Huntley, D-Queens
Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn
William Larkin, R-Cornwall
Kenneth LaValle, R-Suffolk
Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton
Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury
Carl Marcellino, R-Nassau/Suffolk
George Maziarz, R-Newfane
Michael Nozzolio, R-Seneca Falls
George Onorato, D-Queens
Frank Padavan, R-Queens/Bronx/Nassau
Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst
Joseph Robach, R-Greece
Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie
James Seward, R-Milford
Dean Skelos, R-Nassau
William Stachowski, D-Buffalo
Dale Volker, R-Depew
George Winner, R-Elmira
Catharine Young, R-Olean

Undecided

John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope
Brian Foley, D-Suffolk
Ruth Hassel-Thompson, D-Bronx/Westchester
Owen Johnson, R-Suffolk
Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island
Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga
Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens
John Sampson, D-Brooklyn
David Valesky, D-Oneida

Wouldn’t Say

Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens
James Alesi, R-East Rochester
Kemp Hannon, R-Nassau
Vincent Leibell, R-Westchester
Thomas Morahan, R-Rockland