Senate Dems Blame Golden For Microstamping Failure (Updated)
The Senate Democrats pulled the microstamping bill off the floor late this afternoon after it became clear the bill would not pass if the vote was allowed to finish. Now the majority conference is pointing the finger of blame across the aisle at GOP Sen. Marty Golden, who wasn’t in the chamber while the slow roll was called.
“Today Senator Martin Golden and his Republican colleagues struck a victory for gun criminals and a blow to law enforcement,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran.
“It is a disgrace that a former cop took a walk from the chamber and refused to stand up for law enforcement and let politics get in the way of public safety.”
“Microstamping gives law enforcement the tools they need to catch dangerous criminals and protect New York’s families. Unfortunately, the special interests won out over public safety. We could say we saw Senator Golden at his worst, but we did not see him at all – he was absent when it counted most.”
The “special interest” in this case is the gun lobby, which was opposed to the bill.
Golden rejected this argument, insisting that while he was indeed out of the chamber (apparently taking a phone call), three Democrats had already cast “no” votes – Bill Stachowski, Darrel Aubertine and Dave Valesky – so it wouldn’t have mattered if he had voted “yes.”
But Sens. Frank Padavan and Chuck Fuschillo had voted in favor of the legislation before it was pulled.
UPDATE: The Senate Republicans now insist that contrary to early reports, Padavan was the lone “yes” vote from their conference. Since the bill was pulled, I believe there’s no record of the roll up to the point just before it was yanked from the floor (Valesky voted “no”, so they got awfully close to the end).
“How could they blame me for it when there were three Democrats who voted the bill down?” Golden said.
“…Make no mistake about it: It was the Democrats who killed the bill. Eric Schneiderman said he had the votes. Obviously, he didn’t.”
Golden then went on to talk about flawed technology that would have rendered the bill obsolete, and insisted if there were some “adjustments” (he didn’t specify) the bill probably would have been able to move forward and might yet come back to the floor since the session isn’t yet over.
I expressed surprise that Golden would break with Mayor Bloomberg, who was in Albany to lobby for this bill today and even launched an ad campaign through his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group. The two have been allied for some time now, and Golden helped the mayor land the GOP line last year.
Golden insisted the mayor is a “a good man” with “good intuition.” He left it at that.
Meanwhile, the mayor released a statement expressing disappointment that the bill hadn’t passed. He accused those who voted “no” on this “common sense measure” of listening to the “special interests instead of the 100 mayors and 83 police chiefs and law enforcement organizations across New York State who supported it.”
Bloomberg didn’t mention Golden, but did single out for praise the following lawmakers: Schneiderman, Conference Leader John Sampson, Padavan (” for doing the right thing and supporting this bill”), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel
To see the mayor praise so many Democrats – particularly Silver, who has killed some of Bloomberg’s big legacy projects like the West Side Stadium and congestion pricing – is very interesting, especially since he spent so many years being the Senate GOP’s single biggest individual contributor.
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