"The month long stalemate in the Senate has ended. I am pleased that the Democratic Conference remains, as they were elected to be, in the majority. It is now time for the Senate to get back to work."
"The June 8th coup was a painful and disturbing moment in the history of the Senate. Members' emotions are raw, feelings are hurt and trust has been lost. It will take time for these wounds to heal. As a result, I expect that the Senate this week will pass only time-sensitive, non-controversial legislation."
The former IRT powerhouse first caught Jimmy Finn’s eye as he jogged along the West Side Highway.
The Beaux-Arts building at 58th Street and 11th Avenue had begun to look increasingly out of place as more steel and glass structures rose up along the Hudson River, Mr. Finn, who had recently graduated from the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in urban planning, began to wonder if the ornate building, one of Con Edison’s three active steam plants in Manhattan, was a landmark.
On June 8th the Senate Republican minority attempted a coup on the floor of the New York State Senate in order to regain the majority. This unprecedented move was made possible because of the defection of two Democratic senators: Senator Pedro Espada of the Bronx and Senator Hiram Monserrate of Queens.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's annual Gay Pride parade was a colorful celebration of 40 years of progress toward civil rights for gays, but once the dust settled, gay couples who wish to marry in New York state remain thwarted.
A group of West Side advocates staged a funeral procession down Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend to memorialize the pedestrians killed by vehicles on the high-traffic street in recent years.
The New York Times:
Editorial-Vote on Gay Marriage
Six states have now made it legal for same-sex couples to marry. New York is not one of them. Gov. David Paterson wants the state to guarantee that right, and the protections that come with it, and the Assembly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage last month. Malcolm Smith, the leader of the State Senate, insists that he, too, favors marriage for gay couples, but he won’t let a bill go to the floor unless he’s privately lined up enough votes.
Last year, Related Cos. sought a 49-year lease and opted not to pursue developing the site when it became clear that the change wasn’t forthcoming.
However, many community advocates objected to the size and scope of Related’s proposal which included a home for Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival. Some state legislators' aides said there's a fear that changing the law would encourage large developments that they deem inappropriate for the park.
Newsday: Gay couples call on NY Senate to OK same-sex marriage
BY JAMES T. MADORE
June 1, 2009
ALBANY - Fran DeBenedictis and Krista Jo Merget want to marry and raise their daughter with the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
The Lindenhurst women joined about 25 gay couples here Monday calling on the State Senate to adopt same-sex marriage. The Assembly passed legislation on May 12, and Gov. David A. Paterson has said he will sign a bill into law if it reaches his desk.