It’s A Capitol Sleepover

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The aides who worked in the Spitzer administration may have called it the “haunted house” but don’t tell that to the advocates planning a marathon sleepover/protest at the Capitol Building.

A variety of advocacy organizations upset with the tentative state budget agreement set to be voted on later this week will stage a “sleepover” in the Capitol to protest budget cuts.

The groups are upset that the $132.5 billion spending plan, which includes deep cuts to education aid and health-care, doesn’t include a tax on those making $1 million or more.

From a news release:

Hundreds of New Yorkers, unhappy with the budget agreement presented to the Legislature will protest at the Capitol on Wednesday. The groups, representing a broad coalition, will being camping-in all night at the Capitol to bear witness to the votes on this painful budget that includes huge cuts for children, families, seniors, schools and communities combined with a $4.6 billion tax cut for the wealthiest three percent of New Yorkers. The budget also fails to proactively renew and strengthen the rent laws, a sign that the State Legislature is more concerned with pandering to real estate interests than protecting the millions of New Yorkers who depend on these laws to stay in their homes.

And for “visuals” the groups promise: “Hundreds of New Yorkers. Signs. Chanting. Folk Songs. Marshmallows.”

Among those participating include the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, New York City Coalition for Educational Justice, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, VOCAL, PUSH-Buffalo, Right to the City New York, Real Rent Reform New York, Community Voices Heard, New Deal for New York, The Save Our SUNY Coalition, Strong Economy for All, Growing Together New York Coalition, VOICE Buffalo.

The group plans to start at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and continue with demonstrations over cuts to SUNY, K-12 education and concerns over rent regulations.

It’s unclear where in the Capitol the camp out will take place.

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