This spring we've been reminded yet again how badly New York's political system needs reform. April's primary highlighted New York's low voter turnout and antiquated registration process. Then May brought the sentencing of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos AND former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges.
During Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address on 01/08/2014, the terms “poor or poverty” were not mentioned. Aside from proposing a tax credit for renters and announcing that an additional $100 million would be available for affordable housing, there was no comprehensive initiate articulated for reducing poverty and hunger in New York State.
Yesterday, over 70 people from around New York State gathered at the Capitol in the sub-zero cold to call on Governor Cuomo to address income inequality in his State of the State address. They braved the freezing temperatures because they had dreams and hopes for a better future. They spoke of a future where our children have a good education, where everyone has access to good jobs and living wages and where the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. See coverage from yesterday's event and take action below.