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Protesters gathered in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s donations and birthday bash in New York City on Wednesday evening, demanding he increase the taxes on billionaires to Finance the Green New Deal and other progressive programs.
Cuomo, 62 on Thursday, moderated the celebrity-studded event, allegedly, guests $50,000 per plate charge to raise money for his re-election campaign. Video on social media showed a small group of protesters tried to deliver storm to the reception room in the Essex House hotel near Central Park, a birthday cake for Cuomo to #MakeBillionairesPay written in frosting.
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It was unclear whether Cuomo or other participants were present, as the activists were ushered through security. A large crowd gathered outside on the street, challenge the Democratic Governor-tax the mega-rich, create a “Green New Deal” for New York, bring energy into public ownership, eliminate fossil fuels, to ensure that 100 percent renewable energy, guarantee housing for New York residents, to fully Fund public school and college for free.
“There has been an explosion in wealth and income at the top,” Michael Kink, Executive Director of the Strong economy For All coalition, told the New York Daily News.
The Green New Deal, co-sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, does not advance in Congress, but has become a rallying cry for the more progressive elements of the party. The progressive presidential candidates — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed to Finance the taxation of the super-rich, Medicare-For-All-the Federal office for health-care plans.
“New York has more billionaires than anywhere else in the country. It’s time to pay for you to contribute to the things that need to all New Yorkers,” he continued. “We can all of these requirements and cover the budget gap by targeting billionaires, ultra-millionaires.”
A report by the Public Accountability Initiative, and the Hedge-Clippers on Wednesday-time to beat the organized protest — the Wake of Cuomo for the acceptance of more than $4 million in donations from 49 billionaires, worth a combined $280 billion, since 2002.
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Cuomo senior adviser to Rich Azzopardi responded to the report, dusted the subsequent protest as “performance art.”
“Mike Kink is ineffectual and uninteresting special-interest-funded performance art is worth to comment on,” Azzopardi told the Daily News. “Budget decisions are made, on the merits, not on what some of the cogs in the advertising-industrial-complex rantings about.”