How to contact your NY State Senator (and please do so ASAP)

2009 June 6
by Diane

A bill allowing same-sex marriage passed overwhelmingly in the New York State Assembly, but faces a much tighter race in the New York State Senate. The religious right wing is now very active, here in New York, against the bill. To get the bill passed, we’ll need lots of people to speak out.

First, find out who your State Senator is, and find out the phone numbers of your State Senator’s offices, by entering your street address and ZIP code in the text fields at the top left corner of the following page:

(Be sure to press ENTER after typing both your street address and your ZIP code in the appropriate text fields.)

Then, call at least one of your State Senator’s offices and leave a message asking him or her to vote “Yes” for S4401, “an act to amend the domestic relations law, in relation to the ability to marry.” The text of that bill is here:

In your phone message, please include your street address and ZIP code (to show that you are in the relevant State Senate district). And, if you are registered to vote, please say so (so that your State Senator will know that there may be consequences for not listening to you and others who support marriage equality). Please be polite.

Please pass the above information along to all friends of yours who are concerned about gay rights or who oppose the religious right wing in general.

As of Thursday, June 4, here is how the each of NY’s State Senators stand on the issue:

Overall breakdown:

Would Vote "Yes":	20 (All Democrats)
Would Vote "No":	29 (23 Republicans, 6 Democrats)
Undecided:      	9 (5 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
Wouldn't Say:   	4 (3 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

Would vote "Yes"

Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn
Neil Breslin, D-Delmar
Martin Dilan, D-Brooklyn
Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan
Pedro Espada, D-Bronx
Craig Johnson, D-Nassau
Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester
Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan
Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn
Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Westchester
Kevin Parker, D-Brookyn
Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan
Diane Savino, D-Staten Island/Brooklyn
Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan/Bronx
Jose Serrano, D-Bronx/Manhattan
Malcolm Smith, D-Queens
Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn/Manhattan
Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Queens
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester
Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo

Would vote "No"

Darrel Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent
John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse
Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx
Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna
John Flanagan, R-Suffolk
Charles Fuschillo, R-Nassau/Suffolk
Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn
Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn
Joseph Griffo, R-Rome
Shirley Huntley, D-Queens
Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island
William Larkin, R-Cornwall
Kenneth LaValle, R-Suffolk
Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton
Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury
Carl Marcellino, R-Nassau/Suffolk
George Maziarz, R-Newfane
Michael Nozzolio, R-Seneca Falls
George Onorato, D-Queens
Frank Padavan, R-Queens/bronx/Nassau
Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst
Joseph Robach, R-Greece
Stephen Saland, R-Pughkeepsie
James Seward, R-Milford
Dean Skelos, R-Nassau
William Stachowski, D-Buffalo
Dale Volker, R-Depew
George Winner, R-Elmira
Catharine Young, R-Olean

Undecided

John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope
Brian Foley, D-Suffolk
Kemp Hannon, R-Nassau
Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Bronx/Westchester
Owen Johnson, R-Suffolk
Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga
Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens
John Sampson, D-Brooklyn
David Valesky, D-Oneida

Wouldn't Say

Joseph Addabbo, D-Queens
James Alesi, R-East Rochester
Vincent Leibell, R-Westchester
Thomas Morahan, R-Rockland

Source: Capital Tonight Exclusive: Does your state Senator support a gay marriage bill?, Capital News 9, Albany, NY, June 5, 2009.

A similar poll was taken by NY1: NY1 Exclusive: Survey Of State Senators Shows Gay Marriage Bill In Jeopardy, NY1 News, June 5, 2009.

New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry is launching a “Know Your Enemy” Project with the aim of educating GLBT people (and other people vilified by the religious right wing) about the religious right wing and its recent activities. The “Know Your Enemy” project’s first meeting in Queens (after the Queens Gay Pride parade) will be on Thursday, June 11, and its first meeting in Manhattan (after the big Manhattan Gay Pride parade) will be on Thursday, July 9.

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