Mario Batali, Audra McDonald Join Pro-Marriage-Equality Protesters in Albany

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You know who else is up there? The state troopers, who have been called in to rein in the increasingly agitated singing and chanting ralliers from both sides. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has demanded that the Republicans in the State Senate not bring a marriage-equality bill to the floor. Last night Governor Cuomo said he was "cautiously optimistic" for a vote today, but the Republicans have showed no sign of allowing one. There's also still work to be done on rent regs and the property-tax cap. [Times Union]