So what pushed the State Senate over the edge in 2011? Governor Andrew Cuomo was a big factor. And so were the Republican Wall Street donors he recruited, according to NYTimes.
Many Republicans were reluctant to vote for gay marriage because they didn't want to anger their Republican donors. They especially didn't want to be the last Republican who gave the bill enough votes to pass.
One such on-the-fence Republican was James S. Alesi of Rochester. Knowing this, rich Republican donors invited him to a meeting on Park Avenue and promised to "eagerly support him if he backed same sex marriage," reported NYTimes.
In addition to assuaging uneasy lawmakers, the Wall Street financiers also collectively donated at least $1 million in the last few weeks to pro-gay marriage lobbying campaigns.
The rich pro-gay marriage Republican donors included Paul Singer, Cliff Asness and Daniel Loeb. All three of them are in the hedge fund industry. Singer is a billionaire. NYTimes previously reported that Steven A. Cohen, another hedge fund billionaire, also threw money towards the gay marriage cause.
Singer, Asness, and Loeb were recruited a secret meeting with two of Cuomo's most trusted advisors a few weeks ago, reported NYTimes.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.