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: