Protesters demand police budget cut, billionaires’ tax to stop NYC layoffs

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GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — Close to 400 people gathered in Washington Square Park with many banners in support of many issues and causes.One of the chief organizers was Robert Cuffy, a spokesperson of the NYC Democratic Socialists of America.“We want to defund the NYPD and we want the state legislature to pass legislation that would tax the rich and we want the 22,000 proposed city layoffs to be stopped,” Cuffy said.After demonstrating for an hour in Washington Square Park, the group was on the move to the Jacob Riis houses, the 13th police precinct Station House, the 5th Avenue penthouse of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and ultimately Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on 3rd Avenue.“We are spending so much money on the police and public safety to keep people safe and they don’t actually keep people safe,” protester Tory Frye said.Another protester explained why she was participating. “I am here representing St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem and I have been doing this for 30 years,” said Sheila Patterson. “We are fighting the good fight for every person in New York City.”“The people being attacked in their communities were being attacked before COVID,” Luis Tejada, an …

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