Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Judge OKs Challenge to NY's Same-Sex Marriage Law
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Opponents of New York's same-sex marriage law say they're "grateful" that a state Supreme Court judge in the Finger Lakes region of the state has allowed their challenge to the law to go forward.
The head of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, Jason McGuire, said his group's lawsuit alleges Governor Andrew Cuomo illegally met with Senate Republicans behind closed doors when he was seeking GOP support for the bill.
"When that majority of Senators met with Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and perhaps some others, there was some severe arm-twisting that occurred," he said. "We believe it's a violation of open meetings laws, that that is a process that should be open to public scrutiny."
In a decision earlier this month in state Supreme Court in Livingston County, Acting Justice Robert Wiggins dismissed an attempt by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to block the lawsuit before it reached a full hearing.
Schneiderman had argued the open meetings requirement doesn't apply to a Republican caucus with invited guests. His office said it's still reviewing the ruling.