Schedule Shows How Cuomo Repeatedly Lobbied Undecided Republicans On Same-Sex Marriage

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has released his schedule from his first eight months in office, and it offers an interesting view of how he secured support for the state’s new same-sex marriage law. The measure, which passed the state legislature in June, attracted four Republicans, all of whom Cuomo lobbied furiously and repeatedly, showing that executives can play a key role in moving undecided lawmakers. For instance, in June, the governor met five times with the key Republican votes Sens. Mark Grisanti, James Alesi, and Stephen Saland and three times in his office with Sen. Roy McDonald. Cuomo also worked closely with Sens. Andrew Lanza and Kemp Hannon, who helped draft the religious exemptions that eventually became part of the law. To see the schedule for June, click here.