Marty Golden may have a labor problem on his hands, according to an unhappy political operative who had been working to get prevailing wage guarantees inserted into a tax break for developers.
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Shirley Huntley, Joe Addabbo and Carl Kruger are all set to support same-sex marriage, according to Capital Tonight and the New York Times.
That gives advocates 29 Democratic votes (Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister, is not expected to drop his opposition).
So far, no Republican has come out in support of the bill, but a handful of “undecided” GOP members are thought to be possible converts, including Jim Alesi, Greg Ball, Mark Grisanti and Andrew Lanza.
Michael Bloomberg was in Albany lobbying Republican State Senators to legalize same-sex marriage.
So far, it doesn’t appear to have gotten any of them on board.
The mayor attended a press conference in the morning about anti-terrorism funding, along with two Republican State Senators, Greg Ball of Putnam County and Marty Golden of Brooklyn.
Later, both said they were not on board with supporting same-sex marriage.
Ball told reporters, “Right now I’m absolutely undecided.”
Golden told me the opposition that blocked the marriage legislation in 2009 has not changed. When I asked him about the political fallout for Governor Cuomo, who has said he wants the bill passed “now,” Golden said there wouldn’t be much and that “people don’t give a rat’s ass about social issues. People are worried about paying their mortgage, paying their rent.”
As advocates of same-sex marriage prepare for the final push in their effort to get it passed before the end of the legislative session in June, Tom Wrobleski gets wind of an interesting survey on Staten Island [2nd to last item]:
A Dem reports that he got a polling call at home recently, asking if he would be more or less likely to vote for Lanza if Lanza supported gay marriage.
Lanza said he didn’t put the poll in the field himself, nor did Albany Republicans.
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