June 15, 2011 By Christian Murray
New York Sen. Joseph Addabbo, who represents a sliver of Sunnyside, has decided to vote in favor of the same-sex marriage bill that is expected to come up for a vote next week.
Addabbo, who voted against the measure in 2009, joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press conference announcing his support on Monday. Two other undecided Democratic NY Senators, Shirley Huntley and Carl Kruger, announced their support for the bill at the same media event.
Their change of mind is slowly helping supporters of the measure to get the votes they need to secure passage of the bill in the state senate. With the Governor on board and the assembly backing the bill, the only hurdle left is getting it passed in the senate.
Addabbo reportedly said that two years ago, when he voted against the bill, 73 percent of the constituents who contacted his office opposed gay marriage, while this year about 80 percent asked him to vote in favor of the same-sex bill.
The New York Daily News reports that the bill is currently two votes short of passage, with at least four Republicans saying they are undecided. According to the New York daily, Senate Republicans are expected to hold a closed-door meeting concerning the gay-marriage measure and might bring it to the floor for an up-and-down vote this week. There are 62 seats in the senate.
For those who are for or against the measure, Addabbo’s district office number is (718)738-1111