For 25 years, Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic Party has been blocking billions of dollars owed to New York schools. It’s time to cough it up. “What do we want?” rang the shouts of children and parents in the hallways of the New York state capitol.

“Money!” the crowd responded.

“When do we want it?”


“If we don’t get it?”

“Shut it down!”

The crowd had been gathered by a coalition of education and criminal-justice reform groups calling on the New York legislature to “fund schools, not jails.” State senators Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson, both part of a wave of new legislators elected this cycle on the strength of left and progressive energy, joined the protest.

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