A noisy protest—including one man in a mask resembling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—erupted outside of the governor’s office on the second floor of the state Capitol this afternoon, with demonstrators urging a reversal on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to a tax on millionaires.
A group of about 100 activists chanted and yelled outside of Cuomo’s offices and wanted to present the governor or a top member of his staff with a petition.
At one point, Cuomo’s communications director, Richard Bamberger, came out to take their petition, but he was rebuffed (either the group wanted a more top-level guy—where’s Joe Percoco when you need him?!—or thought he was a member of the press and not a Cuomo aide).
At another point, the group spotted Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, and chanted, “We want Duffy! We want Duffy!”
Cuomo himself was scheduled to be in Essex County today.
Cuomo opposes a tax on millionaires as proposed by the Assembly. The Republican-led Senate also opposes the measure, agreeing that the tax is considered a “new tax.”
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos ruled out earlier in the day that there would be no deal on the millionaires tax or linking it with a 2 percent cap on property taxes.
Video from the protest is below. The first is an interview with protestor Agnes Rivera of Manhattan.