Frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to a state tax on high earners and the state’s decision to enforce a curfew in the state portion of an “occupied” park, dozens of Occupy Albany protesters are currently speaking out in the state Capitol’s “War Room” outside the governor’s office.
The Occupy Albany protesters, a spinoff of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has been in a park outside the Capitol since Friday, have become increasingly frustrated with Cuomo, with some dubbing him “Governor 1 percent,” a reference to the nation’s top 1 percent of earners.
Cuomo has consistently opposed the extension of the state’s so-called millionaires’ tax, an income-tax surcharge on New Yorkers making more than $200,000 a year (or couples making $300,000). The tax, which was established in 2009, expires at the end of the year, and Cuomo and Senate Republicans say it puts the state at a competitive disadvantage with other states when it comes to attracting business.
Occupy Albany has taken up residence in the Albany’s Academy Park. It shares a plot of land with state-owned Lafayette Park, with the two parks separated with nothing more than an invisible line.
While Albany Police haven’t enforced an 11 p.m. curfew on the city side, Cuomo said that curfew would be enforced if protesters cross on to the state side. (The state’s curfew, according to the Times Union, was enacted just last week.)