When Republican State Senator Jim Alesi was introduced at the Human Rights Campaign party Tuesday night, celebrating last week’s passage of same-sex marriage, the audience exploded with cheers and applause.
“That’s exactly what it sounded like when I went to church on Sunday,” he said. The audience burst into laughter.
This morning at Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bloomberg heaped praise on Jim Alesi, the first Republican State Senator to say he would vote for same-sex marriage, which narrowly passed thanks to a handful of votes from his side of the aisle.
Bloomberg said Alesi “showed courageous leadership” and was the “tipping point in the debate.”
“I think you will go down in the history books as the legislator who turned the tide on marriage equality,” said Bloomberg, “Not only here in New York State but I think this is going to spread across the country.”
Alesi, said nine of ten constituents in his upstate district have thanked him for his vote, but admitted, there has been some political fallout.
Before the vote last week, “I did call my chairman in Monroe County and did give him a courtesy call,” said Alesi. “And I think shortly thereafter, in a matter of seconds, we had an understanding that our relationship was over.”
2016: Cuomo speaks to Maureen Dowd, who notes ” Cuomo, who now has a huge and excited base of millions of volunteers, activists and donors across the country, can press a button and raise millions.” [Maureen Dowd / New York Times]
Weddings: Giuliani dodging call to perform gay marriage, which he promised his old roommate. [David Seifman / NY Post]
Nuclear Power: Indian Point told by Cuomo top aide the governor wants it shut down. [Danny Hakim / New York Times]
Teacher Evaluations: Union sues to block plan while courts decide whether plan is legal. [Jacob Gershman / New York Times]
Saland: More on his decision to support same-sex marriage. [Larry Hertz / Poughkeepsie Journal]
Hydrofracking: Hinchey and Schneiderman want answers from gas companies. [Ian Urbina / New York Times]
Corruption: Schneiderman promotes a public integrity officer to work out of Buffalo office. [Gene Warner / Buffalo News]
Jail: “Gay inmates married in New York will be allowed to receive the same conjugal visits…that their married heterosexual cellmates enjoy.” [Phil Messing / NY Post]
Marriage: “Raytheon Co. and International Business Machines Corp.—say New York employees in same-sex relationships now will have to get married if they want to qualify for the benefits.” [Joann Lublin and Dana Mattioli / WSJ]
Filling Vacancies: “Cuomo should call for primaries in which all interested candidates would petition to get on the ballot and run in all-comers contests Sept. 13, with the winners going on to the Nov. 8 general election. Citizens Union backs this plan.” [Daily News]
“Say it loud! Say it clear! Scott Walker is not welcome here!” chanted a gaggle of union members and supporters gathered on a hot strip of strip of sidewalk in Grand Army Plaza Park on the Upper East Side this afternoon.
Walker, the first-year governor of Wisconsin, became a national villain of the labor movement in February, when–after a protracted stand-off that saw the state Capitol taken siege by activists–his bill to balance the state budget succeeded in stripping government workers of most of their collective bargaining rights. Continue reading “Protesters, and Rats, Greet Scott Walker in New York”→