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MMA in New York: Ways & Means & math

Junior Dos Santos poses during the weigh-in for

Junior Dos Santos poses during the weigh-in for UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (June 10, 2011) Credit: AP

On June 7, Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) sent a letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver urging the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York. It was signed by 60 members of the state Assembly. (Read the letter here.)

Of those 60 signees, 9 are on the Ways & Means Committee, where the bill now sits. This is the committee where the legislation stalled last year.

There are 35 members on Ways & Means, and a simple majority vote of 18 is needed to pass the bill and send it to the floor for a full Assembly vote.

The nine Assembly members who signed Murray's letter and are on Ways & Means are:

Jeffrion Aubry
William Barclay
Philip Boyle
Daniel Burling
Clifford Crouch
Michael Cusick
Tony Jordan
Mike Spano
Lou Tobacco

Also on Ways & Means is Joseph Lentol, the chairman of the Codes committee that passed the bill on Monday by a 17-3 margin.

“I’ve been in favor of it," Lentol told Newsday last week. “For New York State to ignore this type of mixed martial arts is a mistake, especially in this economy."

For those of you counting votes, there's 10 right there.

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