By Jill Colvin
MANHATTAN — Several dozen college students and faculty members were arrested by state troopers in Albany Wednesday while protesting the governor's proposed budget cuts.
Activists argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget plan harms low-income New Yorkers while benefiting the rich, said Fran Clark, a spokesman for the Professional Staff Congress, the union that organized the rally.
The governor's budget cuts CUNY funding by 10 percent at a time when affordable colleges are more important than ever, he said.
"The crowd was energized, they were chanting loudly and marching in a circle around the War Room in the Capitol," Clark said. Protesters from the Real Rent Reform Campaign, SUNY students and other activists also participated in the march.
After about 45 minutes, state troopers arrested 33 protesters as they blocked the entrance to the hall leading to the Governor's chambers, Clark said.
Six of those arrested were CUNY students and the rest faculty, he said.
The governor has said that tough cuts are necessary to rescue the state from bankruptcy, and has vowed to balance the budget without new taxes.