State Senator Marty Golden wasn't in the chambers when the microstamping legislation was being voted on, but he doesn't want to be blamed for the bill's failure.
Golden, a Republican, said three Democrats were opposing the bill and that even if he did vote, the bill would not have passed.
Not that he was supporting it anyway.
In a brief telephone interview, Golden told me:
What happened with that is the Democrats voted the bill down -- three Democrats. I thought it was amazing that [Eric] Schneiderman was telling people he had the votes, put the bill up for a vote and not have the votes that he said he has, and that was [David] Valesky, [Darrel] Aurbertine and [Bill] Stachowski.
If those three Democrats voted for the bill, that bill would be law today.