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McDonald cashing in on same-sex marriage support

A June vote in favor of same-sex marriage has led to an explosive six months of fundraising for state Sen. Roy McDonald, according to campaign finance data filed this week.

McDonald, R-Saratoga, reported earnings of $448,794 since July 2011, which is 20 times what he raised during the same period two years ago.

Ross Levi, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, said legislators who did the right thing on marriage equality are being rewarded. His group has spread the rewards around pretty evenly among Democrats and Republicans, but noted that some private citizens have given disproportionately to the four Republican senators who voted for same-sex marriage.

"In general, our community has a history of supporting those who have supported us," Levi said.

He stressed that support from ESPA would extend beyond campaign contributions, noting that there are thousands of active members who will vote on important issues and serve as a grassroots force.

"If we can help them get votes, we are cutting out the middle man," he said.

As to whether supporting Republicans would protect their Senate majority and hinder the ESPA's goals, Levi noted that LGBT legislation has traditionally been passed in a bipartisan manner.

A full story on McDonald's fundraising will be in Friday's Daily Gazette.

Sign of change

A sign that is vital to the Glove Cities economy has been granted a stay of execution by the state Department of Transporation.

As reported by the Gazette this week, a Holiday Inn sign in the Montgomery County town of Root was to come down next month, but is being allowed to remain at least until May 2013.

Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, said he believes the extension was granted to allow for the passage of legislation that would allow the sign to remain permanently.

Breaking up is hard to do

The Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority is one step closer to breaking up after the Assembly approved details of the breakup on Thursday.

As reported by the Gazette earlier this month, the breakup of MOSA was being postponed until a chapter amendment could be enacted. The chapter amendments were opposed by at least five members in the assembly, including Republican Assemblymen George Amedore, Peter Lopez and Jim Tedisco.

The state Senate will likely pass the chapter amendments next week.

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