I Fought the Law
Mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was arrested this morning while protesting the potential closure of two Brooklyn hospitals–Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.
Mr. de Blasio, along with other protesters, refused to leave the sidewalk outside the SUNY Chancellor’s Office on West 42nd Street, chanting “Hell no! We won’t go!” as police circled in.
“Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you’re united to #SaveLICH,” Mr. de Blasio’s campaign tweeted, along with a grainy photo of his arrest around 11 a.m.
Prior to even crossing the street, where the protestors blocked the entryway to the building, Mr. de Blasio was hardly coy about his efforts to get arrested. When City Comptroller John Liu, another mayoral hopeful also in attendance at the protest, said “I heard you’re going to get cuffed today,” Mr. de Blasio merely smiled.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees passed a resolution yesterday calling for legislation that would give undocumented immigrant students access to tuition assistance, loans and in-state tuition rates “as intended by the DREAM Act.”
“The current demographic realities of New York State indicate that many of the brightest and hardest working students eligible to enroll at SUNY are of undocumented status, and it is imperative that SUNY remain accessible to these students,” Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said.
Before he signed a grant to give University of Buffalo $35 million to fund an expansion today, Governor Cuomo took a moment to pat himself on the back.
“I’m closing the first year of–my rookie year as governor and you tend to get a little reflective,” he said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he thinks the students of the State University of New York system need to deal with tuition hikes and learn about “financial reality.”