Cuomo speech disrupted by budget protesters

(AP) - A New York City councilman and otherprotesters chanting "Tax the rich" disrupted a speech by Gov.Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo was speaking at the Association of Black and Puerto RicanLegislators annual dinner when Democratic Councilman Charles Barronwalked to the front of the Albany Convention center, shouting"Shame on you" and "Stop the cuts" at the governor.

A small group in the audience of about 500 took up the chantdecrying Cuomo's proposed cuts in state education and health carespending and his opposition to tax increases.

"How are you tonight, Charles?" Cuomo asked before resumingthe speech Sunday evening.

Cuomo said later he believes tax increases would end up hurtingNew York's economy by driving more people out of the state,ultimately resulting in less tax revenue.

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