Supporters of gay marriage in New York are cheering the appointment of Erik Bottcher, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's liaison to the gay community, to the governor’s cabinet.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has named Bottcher to the newly created post of special assistant for community affairs, the New York Daily News reported.

“Erik's intellect and experience will be an invaluable asset in the fight to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation,” Cuomo said.

Bottcher served as Cuomo's liaison to the gay community during last year's race.

Gay activists say the appointment is proof Cuomo intends to make good on his campaign promise to fight for marriage equality in the Empire State. As a candidate, the 53-year-old former attorney general said he wanted to be the governor that signs a gay marriage bill into law.

Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross Levi suggested that Cuomo is preparing to take a page from Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's playbook. Chafee argues that Rhode Island would benefit economically from legalizing gay marriage.

“The more the governor needs to act as a fiscal conservative, the more I think he will be having to live up to that plank in his State of the State to make New York a 'progressive' state again,” Levi told the paper.

Voters in New York handed the New York Senate to Republicans on November 2, dimming the prospects that lawmakers will approve such a bill in the near future.