Cuomo ‘Elated’ That Some Pro-Gay Marriage GOP’ers Won Their Primaries

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Governor Cuomo in 2011’s Pride Parade (Photo: Getty)

After Election Day earlier this month, Republicans who supported New York’s same sex marriage legislation received mixed results against their anti-gay marriage rivals. One GOP senator, Buffalo’s Mark Grisanti, cruised to a comfortable victory, while two other senators, Roy McDonald and Steve Saland faced tough challenges, the result of which was determined by the absentee ballots counted this week. Mr. Saland looks like he ultimately edged out his opponent and declared victory yesterday, but Mr. McDonald appears to have gone down in defeat.

And, asked about these Republicans’ respective electoral situations earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was more than pleased despite being a Democrat.

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There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?

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A map of New York City’s State Senate districts.

It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.

However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting races happening. From “Who Gets Arrested for Raping a Grandmother?” to “Assemblywoman Caught Up in Sex Scandal with Two Young Men,” there’s been no shortage of nasty drama and mud slinging as voters head to the polls.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s running and why it might matter who wins. The list below focuses on Democratic races because the few Republican primaries in this staunchly blue city tend to have clear favorites or are taking place in such Democratic territory that the victor is reasonably likely to be irrelevant. Continue reading “There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?”

Guard: Mark Grisanti Didn’t Use a Racial Epithet Against Me

mark grisanti fb1 Guard: Mark Grisanti Didnt Use a Racial Epithet Against MeIt seems that at least one of the harshest allegations against Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti since he got in a fight in a Seneca Nation casino has been resolved in Mr. Grisanti’s favor.

One account of the incident had accused Mr. Grisanti of using a racial epithet against an African-American security guard. However, according to Police Captain William Thompson, WGRZ reported this evening that “the guard was asked if he heard anything along those lines and the guard told police he did not.”

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Diaz Sr.: Investigate Mark Grisanti Like You Did Hiram Monserrate

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Ruben Diaz Sr. (Photo: nysenate.gov)

Earlier this morning, the outspoken State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. called on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to investigate Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti, who’s currently entangled in allegations that he instigated a fight in a bizarre casino brawl that left his wife wounded.

“There are too many versions of what happened the night of February 10, 2012 in the Seneca Niagara Casino,” Mr. Diaz said in the statement. “There is another story floating around where many people are claiming that Senator Grisanti threw the first punch and that he hit a woman. If this is so, these are very serious accusations.”

Mr. Diaz then pivoted to a past incident where one of his allies, State Senator Hiram Monserrate, was accused of slashing his girlfriend’s face with a piece of glass in 2009. Mr. Monserrate was subsequently convicted of misdemeanor and the State Senate voted to expel him from their legislative body.

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N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers

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N.O.M. is targeting Mark Grisanti and other State Senators.

The National Organization for Marriage is sending out $150,000 worth of mailings targeting a handful of state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, the group said.

Targets of the mailing are the Republicans who voted for it, and the Democrats who supported the bill this year after opposing it in 2009: Republican Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger. Continue reading “N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers”

First In New York Gay Wedding to Take Place at Niagara Falls at Stroke of Midnight on Sunday

Advocates for same-sex marriage are planning to ring in the new law’s passage with a celebratory ceremony in the shadow of Niagara Falls the minute it becomes legal for same-sex couples to wed.

The inaugural couple will be Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, Buffalo residents who have been trying to wed for over a decade and who have five children and 12 grandchildren between them. According to a release from New Yorkers United for Marriage, the couple will marry at Luna Island while the Falls behind them will be lit with the colors of the rainbow flag. Continue reading “First In New York Gay Wedding to Take Place at Niagara Falls at Stroke of Midnight on Sunday”

Same-Sex Marriage Republican Has a Lot of Campaign Money

Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $10,300 to Mark Grisanti, a freshman Republican State Senator whose re-election was thrown into even greater uncertainty after he voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Tim Gill, head of the national LGBT advocacy group, the Gill Foundation, donated $10,000 to Grisanti’s campaign.

Overall, Grisanti, who represents a heavily Democratic district in Buffalo, raised $148,325 ($91,461 from individuals and the rest from corporations and unions). During this latest filing period, he spent just over $28,495.

Overall, Grisanti has $103,954.06 in the bank, a remarkable turnaround since he started this filing period with $2,106.11 in debt. Continue reading “Same-Sex Marriage Republican Has a Lot of Campaign Money”