Cuomo Rewards Gop Lawmaker For Gay Marriage Vote

09.04.13 | Bob Price

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given a former Republican senator who was a key to the legalization of gay marriage a $90,000-a-year job in a move a religious conservative group called payback for the critical vote. "The moral of this story is that no matter what, Governor Cuomo will protect his own," said the Rev. Jason McGuire, of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. McGuire's group had strongly opposed the landmark 2011 measure, which narrowly passed in the Senate, and unsuccessfully sued to try to strike it down. Good-government groups say the job given to former Sen. Jim Alesi illustrates how in politics in Albany and elsewhere those in power wield patronage jobs carrying salaries and pensions funded by taxpayers. Alesi was hired Aug. 14 to the board that hears appeals of unemployment insurance claims to a term that runs through 2017.