NYSUT’s Rally Draws Legislators, Advocates


Assembly Thomas Abinanti, D-Greenburgh, Westchester County, couldn’t help but channel Fleetwood Mac in his speech to several hundred demonstrators outside of the Capitol Building in Albany this afternoon.

“You are creating a better future,” Abinanti told the crowd at the rally held by the state United Teachers union. “You are creating a better future. We need to think about tomorrow. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”

The crowd was protesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $1.5 billion cut to education aid for local school districts. The advocates want a millionaires tax imposed on the wealthy in order to bring in $700 million and offset the cuts. NYSUT is one of several groups mailing legislators around the state trying to push the millionaires tax issue.

Cuomo, a Democrat, and the Senate Republicans oppose the tax, saying it drives business out of the state. Cuomo complained at a news conference last week that the groups’ claims that the cuts would hurt children are false and that groups were resorting to “threats.” The Democratic-led Assembly included the tax in its one-house budget bill.

Here’s some video from Abinanti’s speech:


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  1. He’s not much of a public speaker, in my opinion.

    But, I think taxing millionaires is a better idea than cutting it from schools.

  2. smartporpoise on

    The State cuts the schools; the local school boards lay off teachers AND raise your taxes to make up the difference; our Westchester parents and grandparents either sell their seriously depreciating houses to move to Georgia or surrender over half of their social security check just to pay the ever-escalating school taxes; and the teachers’ unions continue to glom unabated. Nice system.