Nothing like a little discrimination, bigotry and spinelessness to pull me out of my blog slumber.
Yesterday the New York State Senate voted 24-38 against Marriage Equality in New York State. No huge surprises overall but there were some surprises with individual votes. Additionally, I’m always amazed at how many lawmakers show up to vote on Marriage Equality yet can’t be bothered to show up to vote on other, more important issues. ALL state senators showed and voted yesterday. Here’s the breakdown of the vote. Emphasis added to show Democrats who voted against equality.
Sen. Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens—No
Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County – No
Sen. Darrell Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent, Jefferson County – No
Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, Orange County – No
Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, Albany County – Yes
Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse – No
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., D-Bronx – No
Sen. Martin Dilan, D-Brooklyn – Yes
Sen. Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan – Yes
Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx – Yes
Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady – No
Sen. John Flanagan, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Brian Foley, D-Long Island – Yes
Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Martin Golden, R-Queens – No
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Utica – No
Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon – Yes
Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens – No
Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Long Island—Yes
Sen. Owen Johnson, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx – Yes
Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan – Yes
Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn – No
Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island – No
Sen. William Larkin, R-New Windsor, Orange County – No
Sen. Kennetth Lavalle, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson, Putnam County – No
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton – No
Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, Warren County – No
Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Long Island – No
Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County – No
Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga – No
Sen. Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens – No
Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn – Yes
Sen. Thomas Morahan, R-New City, Rockland County – No
Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County – No
Sen. George Onorato, D-Queens – No
Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Westchester County – Yes
Sen. Frank Padavan, R-Queens – No
Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn – Yes
Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan – Yes
Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, Erie County – No
Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County – No
Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie – No
Sen. John Sampson, D-Brooklyn – Yes
Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island – Yes
Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan – Yes
Sen. Jose Serrano, D-Bronx – Yes
Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Ostego County – No
Sen. Dean Skelos, R-Long Island – No
Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens – Yes
Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn – Yes
Sen. Bill Stachowski, D-Buffalo – No
Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Queens, – Yes
Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers – Yes
Sen. Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo – Yes
Sen. David Valesky, D-Syracuse – Yes
Sen. Dale Volker, R-Depew, Erie County – No
Sen. George Winner, R-Elmira – No
Sen. Catherine Young, R-Cattaraugus County – No
Now, the fact that Ruben Diaz voted no comes as no surprise. After all, he was one of the “Gang of Three” who earlier threatened to defect to the Republican party if the Democratic leadership in the Senate didn’t give him a position of leadership AND if Marriage Equality was put to the floor for discussion and vote. This is the same man who said that he does NOT leave his Bible at the door when entering the Senate chambers to work. So, this Bible-totin’ Senator who uses his religion to conduct his business needs to go, and fast.
A Republican betrayal was that of Senator Jim Alesi who pledged support for the bill but, when the moment of truth came around, he stuck with his party instead of his pledge (and his constituents). Every single Republican, without exception, voted No. You can’t tell me they voted based on their own sense of right and wrong or even based what feedback their constituents may have given them. It was clearly a party-line vote. Which means those Republican state senators don’t have an ounce of leadership — only “follow-ship.” They don’t represent their constituents, they represent their party.
And here’s a bit more irony/oddity for you. “Downstate” is the most liberal part of the state and here in Western NY we are in the most Conservative part of the state. Yet the “downstate” Democrats voted against Marriage Equality.
Today, I’ll be calling Senator Alesi and letting him know that I will be working tirelessly, beginning NOW, to have him replaced in the senate with someone who will NOT allow themselves to be a puppet for their party but will, instead, act on his or her own convictions, show some integrity and represent their constituents, not their party.
If you’re outraged by these events, and you haven’t picked up the phone to call your elected leaders, do that now. You don’t have to be a Political Science major to have this conversation with the Senator’s office. You merely call the office, and tell the representative that answers the phone that you are outraged with that senator’s vote. You don’t need to explain why, just that you are outraged. But don’t stop there.
I’m going to start a fundraiser for a Democratic candidate to represent my district. I’ll collect cans and bottles if I have to, but I’m going to start now.
And, I’ve already got an ad idea for the Democrats to use next election. Republicans: Followers you can’t count on.
According to a local newscast which can be viewed here, all four local Senators were asked to explain their no votes. They didn’t respond. There’s a huge surprise. I guess their constituents don’t want to hear “Because that’s what the Republican leadership said I had to do.”