Tag Archives: NY State

NEW YORK: Gay State Senator Wants To Ban Outside Gigs For Legislators

Openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman has introduced a bill that would bar state legislators from taking outside jobs while in office. Though the job of state legislator carries an annual base salary of $79,500 — highest in the country after California — it is considered part-time. Some lawmakers have outside employment that pays them far more than ...

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Normal Heart Cast For NY Marriage

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Anderson Cooper Vs. Teabagger Carl Paladino About Those Bestiality Emails

Last night whackadoodle teabagger and New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino faced off against Anderson Cooper to defend his practice of sending out bestiality-laden and racist emails. Paladino also plugs his plan to house New York’s welfare recipients in prisons for their own good.

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PhoboQuotable – NY Sen. Ruben Diaz

“The Governor went out on a limb for the gay community in his efforts to support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for election because ...

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Upstate NY Senator Wants To Split State

Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Rochester) thinks it’s time to resurrect the old plan to split New York into two states. Forget the fact that New York State’s boundaries have been largely unchanged since the Constitution was ratified. That only two states have been admitted to the Union by splitting off from other states (Maine from Massachusetts in 1820, and West Virginia ...

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NOM Gloats

Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown are doing cartwheels. “This is a huge win, it puts the nail in the coffin on the idea that gay marriage advocates can persuade a majority of Americans their cause is just,” said Brian Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). “New York makes it crystal clear: the American people do not ...

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NY Senate Live Stream: Marriage Equality Vote Imminent

Well, let’s play Lucy with the football. AGAIN. The NY Senate is convening any moment. Last night the state Assembly reapproved same-sex marriage for the third time, just in case and so Gov. Paterson can immediately sign the bill if the Senate, ya know, actually DOES anything. UPDATE: The Marriage Equality Act has passed the NY Senate Rules Committee. As ...

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Will NY Senate Vote On Marriage Today?

Rumors are leaking out here and there that the New York Senate will vote on marriage equality today. A spokesperson for State Senator Dale Volker says the controversial same sex marriage bill could be voted on today in the senate. s for the battle to plug New York’s multi-billion dollar budget crisis, Governor David Paterson says negotiations with lawmakers are ...

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PhoboQuotable – New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan

“If you have been gay your whole life and feel that that’s the way God made you, God bless you. But I would still say that that doesn’t mean you should act on that. I would happen to say, for instance, that God made me with a pretty short temper. Now, I still think God loves me, but I can’t ...

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Bloomberg: “Zero Chance” For New York Marriage In 2009

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg not only says he doesn’t see the state Senate bringing marriage equality to vote this fall, he doesn’t think any of the 2010 gubernatorial candidates will support it. “I don’t know how to get it to come up,” he said, explaining his view that having the issue move to the Senate floor may prove more difficult ...

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President Obama Tells NY Gov. Paterson: Get Out Of The 2010 Election

OMG. President Obama has sent a message to NY Gov. David Paterson telling him to drop his plans to run for governor in 2010. Former Lt. Gov. Paterson became governor in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal. President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, ...

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America’s Top Drag Tupperware Lady

Love the accent!

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The Bonus Conundrum

As much as everybody complains about Wall Street’s bonuses, their decline is one of the leading causes of tax woes for the city and state. New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state will lose nearly $1 billion in revenues because cash bonuses to Wall Street employees declined 44% last year. Mr. DiNapoli estimates in a report released Wednesday ...

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Gillibrand Comes Out For Marriage Equality In National Press Conference

Putting aside any doubts some may have had, Senator-to-be Kirsten Gillibrand just announced her support for marriage equality during a nationally televised press conference with NY Gov. David Paterson.

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HomoQuotable – Daniel O’Donnell

I ran into NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell this weekend and he gave me this quote about his interview with Gov. Paterson for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat: “I am honored to be considered for any appointment by Governor Paterson. I am especially flattered to be mentioned among individuals who could replace the singular Senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in ...

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GOP Tries To Block Slasher Senator

The litany of woes for New York Senate Democrats continue. After his arrest last month for slashing his girlfriend with a broken glass, a resolution is being circulated to prevent Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) from taking office this week. Hiram Monserrate’s first day in the state Senate this week is shaping up to be a nasty one, with political opponents already ...

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Diaz Steps Up The Hate

Anti-gay New York Sen. Ruben Diaz, the ringleader of New York’s now-infamous “Gang Of Three” dissident Democratic senators, has been distributing the flyer below to the press, apparently in reaction to criticism from gay rights and labor groups.Via New York Magazine: It appears that Ruben “I hate gay people more than I like getting things done” Diaz Sr. is beginning ...

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Diaz Fans The Flames

The above headline is from Elizabeth Benjamin’s excellent politics blog for the NY Daily News, where today she notes that renegade Democratic NY Sen. Ruben Diaz has issued a statement of support for Rick Warren. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who infuriated gay advocates for tying his state Senate leadership vote to the issue of same-sex marriage, released a statement yesterday ...

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NY Sen-Elect Dem Arrested For Assault

Democratic New York Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate was arrested yesterday for hitting his girlfriend with a beer bottle. The injury reportedly lacerated the woman’s face severely and required 20-40 stitches to close. A former NYC Councilman representing Queens (yesterday was his last day), Monserrate was at one time in league with the “Gang Of Three” dissident NY Senate Democrats, although he ...

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NY Senate Democrats Back Off Promise For Marriage Equality In 2009

New York Senate Democrats are now telling the press that they may not bring up marriage equality in the upcoming session and may not do so at all until after the 2011 election. This, after encouraging boatloads of campaign donations from the LGBT community with the attached promise of bringing same-sex marriage to a vote. “We want to get there, ...

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