The Soho event with Cuomo was met with protests by at least 150 protesters from Occupy Wall Street who were targeting Cuomo over his opposition to extending a special tax on high-incomes in New York referred to in parochial as the “Millionaire’s Tax” — a tax that nearly 3/4 of New Yorkers support but the governor does not.
One protester pointed out that there have been huge cuts for teachers, firefighters, and cops and that Cuomo is effectively granting a tax cut to millionaires by endorsing the end of the millionaire’s tax:
“We just had some of the largest layoffs of teachers around the state, 2,000 [fewer] teachers in classrooms in the city of New York right now. Cuts to firefighters, cuts to cops, cuts to homeless shelters, cuts to all these things because he does not want to continue the tax on millionaires,” said Jonathan Westin of New York Communities For Change. “He actually wants to give them a tax cut.”
Feminist author Naomi Wolf was an attendee at the Cuomo event. She decided to join the protesters outside to demonstrate against the governor’s defense of millionaires. She was arrested while standing on the sidewalk after refusing to move. Watch video of her arrest:
Wolf explained her arrest on her Facebook page, writing, “I have been released from custody. I was completely complying with the law and the permit as it was described to me by police and I was arrested for standing lawfully on the sidewalk. I will post more tomorrow. Thank you for your messages of support.”