Alesi and Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga are the only two GOP senators to back the bill. It is one vote shy of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“I respect the collective will of my conference. I have for the 17 years I’ve been in the Senate,” Alesi said. “But I believe on an issue as important as this, to the Republican Party as well as the LGBT community, that I feel our conference has to bring this bill to the floor.”
Asked if a vote will be held, he said, “Albany is not a place to make predictions as you know, but my sense is that it will.”
And will it pass?
“It’ll pass. It will definitely pass,” he said.