VIDEO: Karen DeWitt, Albany
Protesters at the New York State Capitol chant "Tax the Rich, Not the Poor."
15 people were arrested at a noisy demonstration at the State
Capitol, as groups that work with poor, sick and homeless protested
against Governor Cuomo's $10 billion dollars in budget cuts.
Chanting "Hey Cuomo you're the worst, time to put the people first",
around 150 members of the group VOCAL New York marched and unfurled
banners to block off all of the entrances to the state Capitol
hallways, disrupting the noontime crowd of lobbyists, lawmakers and
The group's leader, Wanda Hernandez, says state lawmakers should
continue the so-called millionaires tax so that the poor and others
can continue to have needed government services.
"We did not crash the economy Wall Street did," Hernandez shouted.
"So why do we have to suffer?"
Police arrested the demonstrators blocking the entry ways, and order
was restored after about an hour.
Cuomo was not at the Capitol, he was in New York City. The Governor,
as well as Senate Republicans are against extending the tax on the
wealthy, Assembly Democrats back the measure.
Date Added: March 3rd, 2011