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MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

Advocates: Cuomo policies falling short

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It was a cold day in New York State, but a handful of activists braved the single digit temperatures for the People's State of the State in Albany yesterday.

The group of advocates say Governor Cuomo has turned a cold shoulder to the state's struggling middle class and working poor.

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Jenna Flanagan
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

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Chanting, "don't bitch...tax the rich," they laid out an indictment of his economic policies.Protester and organizer Marc Dunlea, executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York, says the those policies need significant improvement.

“There are other people in New York besides the 1% which the governor should pay attention to and particularly he never admits that New York has the worst problem of income inequality in America.”

The protest, held annually on the eve of the State of the State speech, culminates with the delivery of a "peoples'" report card to the governor.

Shouting "Cuomo, Cuomo come on out, face the people you sought out!" the protesters handed this year's report card to one of the governor's aides.

Cuomo spent his afternoon meeting with Vice President Joe Biden discussing the aid received for Hurricane Sandy relief and was unavailable to receive his report card in person.

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