Activists in cities across the state on Thursday urged Governor Cuomo to support legislation that would address homelessness and overdose deaths.
Protesters gathered in Rochester, Manhattan, Buffalo, and outside the governor's house in Albany to urge him to support the Invest in Our New York Act.
Demonstrators say the bill would generate $50 billion in new revenue by ending tax breaks on the rich.
This money would then be reinvested to address homelessness and overdose deaths.
"Before the pandemic, we were already struggling. Poor people, Black and brown communities were severely underfunded and without additional revenue streams, the people who are going to be the most impacted are the homeless people. People suffering from drug use and substance use issues,” said Stanley Martin, Vocal-NY.
Protesters say the money would help provide housing for the homeless and other vulnerable communities.