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"People's" rally precedes Cuomo's State address

by Associated Press
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Residents hold protest before Governor Cuomo's annual address

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The day before Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially outlines his priorities for the year, about 75 people rallied on the steps of New York's Capitol.

The coalition of activists, labor and community groups presented a 12-item "litmus test" for good government.

A major issue shared by the groups and Cuomo is increasing the state's minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, to $10.

Mark Dunlea of Hunger Action Network, said New York also needs at least a $10 million increase for emergency food programs.

Daniel Morrissey, of Occupy Albany, called for a ban on "fracking" for natural gas.

Other items on the litmus test included putting low-income communities first in rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.

Another is a more comprehensive ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which Cuomo has also called for.

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