As expected, Rep. Joe Crowley, the head of the Queens Democratic Party, attended the launch of State Senator José Peralta‘s borough president campaign last night. The campaigns of both Mr. Peralta and former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz are now fully underway.
Many, many new television ads were launched in congressional races around the state today.
The Hotel Trades Council has been taking their endorsement of Republican Senator Marty Golden to heart, hitting the streets to organize on his behalf.
Not everyone was on board with today’s 4-3 decision by the state Court of Appeals to uphold the lap dance tax. “Perhaps for similar reasons, I do not read Hustler magazine,” Judge Robert Smith wrote in dissent. “I would rather read the New Yorker. I would be appalled however, if the state were to exact from Hustler a tax that the New Yorker did not have to pay on the ground that what appears in Hustler is insufficiently ‘cultural or artistic.’”
In other legal news, the lawsuit seeking to overturn gay marriage in New York State was dismissed by the same court as the lap dance decision, effectively entrenching the 2011 Marriage Equality Act for the foreseeable future. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was happy about this:
“With this ruling by our state’s highest court, same sex couples can now have peace of mind that this legal challenge to their marriages has been laid to rest. The struggle to secure federal recognition of all New York marriages continues, but today’s decision is an important victory for equal justice. My office will keep fighting every day to defend the fundamental guarantee of equal protection of the law for all New Yorkers.”
As was Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“New York State has served as a beacon for progressive ideals and this statute is a clear reminder of what this State stands for: equality and justice for all. With the Court’s decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this State. The freedom to marry in this State is secure for generations to come.”
Keeping on the Cuomo topic, will the governor not endorse any Democratic congressional incumbents in tough races? Well, he put his first two dents into that possible gap today by officially backing Congressmen Bill Owens and Tim Bishop.
Here’s former Governor George Pataki doing surrogate work on behalf of Governor Mitt Romney on MSNBC: