The Assembly’s Democratic majority plans to pass its version of the bill Tuesday, but Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos said the measure won’t reach the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is blasting a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would allow the governor to reallocate funding approved by the Legislature.
On Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. Charles Fuschillo, the chairman of the transportation committee, on a tour of the aging Tappan Zee Bridge.
Lawmakers say it’s possible the Republican-controlled Senate could call a vote on the same-sex marriage bill just after midnight Friday morning.
The 32 Republicans meeting will decide, maybe as soon as Wednesday, whether to send a bill approving same-sex marriage to the floor for a full vote.
There was marriage drama in Albany on Monday. A high-powered meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, ended with same-sex marriage in New York still stuck at the altar.
The controversy surrounding same-sex marriage found its way into the prayer service at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York City.
As lawmakers continue to hash out a gay marriage bill in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become a prominent champion of legalized gay marriage, pushing his state into the center of the national debate over an emotional and divisive issue.
The legislative session is still set for Albany to end on Monday. However, it could be extended for days or a week or even longer as issues such as rent control and property taxes remain unresolved.
The current form asks for one bride’s name and one groom’s name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse.
A critical vote by the state Senate could take place this week if the chamber’s Republican majority brings the measure to the floor.
The new ethics law agreement in scandal-scarred Albany includes a provision that would allow the Legislature to veto investigations of its own members within the same party. Good-government groups, however, said the overall proposal is still potentially a vast improvement.
The tentative agreement, struck Thursday, was scheduled to be announced as early as Friday, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, closely allied with the Senate Republican majority that once blocked gay marriage, said he’s now optimistic it will be legalized in New York.
New York State Police are investigating threatening e-mails sent to a number of politicians, including Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.