Governor Cuomo came to Queens College this morning to present his executive budget message and he was briefly interrupted by a protester who identified herself as a teacher affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“Mic Check! Mic Check!” the woman shouted. ”I’ll be very brief I promise you, I’ll be very brief.”
“So will I,” Governor Cuomo responded.
He attempted to continue his speech, but the woman continued to shout over him.“I’m speaking as a teacher. I want the governor to do even more for the 99%. We need to rebuild a new New York with the 99%,” she said.
“OK, can we do this?” Governor Cuomo asked.
The woman answered by continuing to speak as security moved towards her.
“I ask Governor Cuomo to double his commitment to public education to create even more jobs.”
“Alright ma’am, how about you let me finish and I’ll give you a turn?” Governor Cuomo said.
The protester didn’t take him up on his offer.
“Occupy Wall Street is a non-violent movement. We’re fighting for justice and freedom. Please join us,” she said.
When she finished the woman sat back down, the security guards allowed her to remain in her seat and the Governor finished his address.
Afterwards, in a Q&A session with reporters, The Politicker asked Governor Cuomo what he thought about the interruption.
“Oh it happens,” the governor said with a chuckle. “Probably one out of every three times I would say.”
Listen to audio of Governor Cuomo’s exchange with the occupier here.
Update: Capital New York spoke with Governor Cuomo’s occupier, Grace Davie, after the speech.
“It was not a protest against Cuomo, but against the injustices facing the 99% as a result of the under-regulated influx of money into our political system,” Ms. Davie said. “I hope Cuomo will continue to be responsive to this movement, as he seemed to be when he changed his position on taxation this fall.”