The Senate Democratic sponsor of the legislation, Daniel Squadron, said he is frustrated with the lack of action on the ethics reforms, but is confident that it will pass by the end of the year.
"I am still optimistic we can enact the legislation this year," Little said.
The amendment failed with Democrats casting 29 votes against and Republicans casting 31 in favor -- one vote shy of the 32 required for passage. The Democratic majority leadership then refused to allow the original bill to reach the floor without the amendment.
The partisan wrangling comes at a time when poll numbers show that citizens across the state are growing increasingly frustrated with gridlock in Albany.