New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's ready to back another effort to legalize gay marriage in the Empire State.

In remarks to the New York Daily News, Bloomberg said he would lobby Senate Republicans on behalf of the bill.

“If there's a chance to pass a bill, I will do it,” Bloomberg told the paper. “I'll go lobby.”

Passage in the Senate remains key to getting the bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk.

In 2009, eight of the chamber's Democratic members crossed the aisle to join all Republicans in killing the measure. Neither that loss nor the fact that Republicans now control the chamber is slowing momentum for a second campaign later this year.

Cuomo has already announced he'll back the effort.

While the News notes that Bloomberg might have the “juice” to change a few Senate GOP minds because he's their largest financial benefactor, they neglect to mention that the third-term mayor's lobbying failed to convince any fellow Republicans in the Senate in 2009.

In events that often included openly gay City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bloomberg urged New Yorkers – and lawmakers – to support gay marriage.

Last year, Bloomberg recorded a PSA for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights advocate.