ALBANY — Advocates hoping the end of session agenda in Albany will include strict environmental protections made sure state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could hear their pleas in the Capitol on Tuesday.
Dozens of people backing the Climate and Community Protection Act – a sweeping piece of state legislation aimed at addressing climate change – marched through the halls, chanted at deafening volumes and blocked entrances, including staging mass “die-in” outside the entrance to Cuomo’s second-floor office.
In anticipation of the protests, there was an increased contingent of state troopers floating around the Capitol during the day.
The security presence followed last week’s protests that resulted in an Assembly guard being allegedly assaulted and more than five dozen people arrested. As of late Tuesday afternoon, none of the activists in the Capitol had been arrested by State Police.
While Cuomo has paid lip service to passing the climate-change language pushed by environmental advocates, it is a long shot to make its way through the state Legislature before the scheduled end of the legislative session next week. The measure has passed the Assembly previously, but hasn’t moved in the Senate.
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