ALBANY – Whitney Houston’s song will be sung in the state Senate after all.
After initially rejecting a resolution pushed by Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) to honor to the fallen songbird, Senate Republicans reconsidered just hours after the Daily News detailed the decision.
Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif said “we expect to take it up when the Legislature returns” from its two-week mid-winter break that began Wednesday afternoon.
Reif insisted the Senate Republicans never told Adams it wouldn’t do the resolution. They just felt the timing was bad given the fact Houston may have died from a drug overdose and the Senate this week passed legislation aimed at cracking down on prescription drug abuse with the parents of kids who died looking on.
Adams didn’t buy Reif’s explanation and credited the Daily News coverage with sparking the reversal.
“If the story was not done, this resolution would not be coming to the floor,” Adams said.
Assemblyman Karim Camara, the Brooklyn Democrat who heads a caucus of minority lawmakers, said he would introduce the Houston resolution in the Assembly, which is expected to pass it.
“It shows a lack of respect for humanity in general,” Camara said of the initial Senate rejection. “No matter what happened, it is appropriate to honor her for her contributions as an artist.”
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