According to the Post-Standard, 33 people protesting Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget cuts were arrested today outside the Capital. The protesters were led by faculty and students from the City University of New York, which faces a 10-percent cut in funding under Cuomo's proposed budget.
"Tax the rich, not the poor; stop the war on Cuny!" and "Stop the war on teachers!" were among the chants during the half-hour demonstration.
Protesters were charged with violation-level disorderly conduct for refusing to, at first, clear a path through their sit-in in front of Cuomo's office.
Cuomo has presented a 2011-12 budget to the Legislature that would cut public higher-education by 10 percent, school aid by 7.3 percent and $2.85 billion from the $53-billion Medicaid program.