June 13, 2011
By Adam Bink
Update: Just now, Republican Jim Alesi of the Rochester suburbs tells the press:
“If the bill comes to the floor the way that I would like to see it, I will support it,” Senator James S. Alesi, a Monroe County Republican, said before going into a meeting with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Alesi did not elaborate.
Alesi, who has been known to privately promise advocates he would support the bill, would be the first Republican to publicly come onboard. Of course “the way that I would like to see it” could mean not being the 32nd vote, so stay tuned.”
Amidst today’s Prop 8 trial hearing, some big news out of New York. Three Democratic State Senators who previously opposed marriage equality — Joe Addabbo and Shirley Huntley of Queens, along with Carl Kruger of Brooklyn — have announced they will support a measure this month to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State. I cannot emphasize how important this is, not just for the sake of the votes but for momentum. Many expected those who were undecided, Republicans and Democrats alike, to remain so until the vote. This brings the total number of supporters on record from 26 to 29 (all Democrats). 32 are needed for passage, but it is also likely no one will want to be the pivotal 32nd deciding vote, so 33 may be the critical number.
Meanwhile, Fred Dicker of the NY Post, an often reliable source on such matters, has it from various sources that several Republicans are ready to vote yes. We reached out to Courage members in New York State recently, asking them to call targeted Senate districts (including those of the 3 who moved today) and it looks like these calls may be working. Many of you called after I posted a list last week.
Let’s keep it up! Here’s the list again (and if you have an extra second, give Addabbo, Huntley and Kruger a call to say thanks and help reinforce their decision):
Joe Addabbo (15, Queens) (518) 455-2322
James Alesi (55, Rochester suburbs) (518) 455-2015
Greg Ball (40, Putnam County) (518) 455-3111
Joe Griffo (47, Utica) (518) 455-3334
Mark Grisanti (60, Buffalo, Grand Island, Niagara Falls) (518) 455-3240
Shirley Huntley (10, Queens) (518) 455-3531 Carl Kruger (27, Brooklyn) (518) 455-2460
Andrew Lanza (24, Staten Island) (518) 455-3215
Betty Little (45, North Country stretching from Plattsburgh to Glens Falls) (518) 455-2811
Jack Martins (7, Nassau County/Garden City) 518-455-3265
Roy McDonald (43, north and east of Albany: Troy, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park) (518) 455-2381