Joining [Senator Shirley] Huntley at the party [to celebrate the passage of SSM] were two Republican state senators who also switched their vote: James Alesi of Rochester, and Stephen Saland of the Hudson Valley. Marriage advocates have pledged to back both senators — along with two other Republican who voted yes — but Huntley was unconcerned that support might prevent Democrats from re-capturing the Senate.
“I think it takes more than money to win an election,” she said. “I think we’ll retake it in 2012." -- NY Politicker