The city's biggest unions are urging lawmakers to avoid cutting healthcare and school programs as they try to balance looming budget deficits. Thousands flooded the streets of downtown this evening to rally against such cuts, saying the governor and the mayor should tax the wealthiest New Yorkers instead.
Reva Corishan teaches at a center in Manhattan run by the United Federation of Teachers. She says it's too bad that in this current fiscal crisis, we haven't learned our lesson's from the 1970s.
CORISHAN: When we had the same kind of Draconian budget cuts and we lost a generation of childrenn because we lost services, we lost teachers in the classrooms, and we are just making up for that now."
REPORTER: Rallies were also held in seven other cities across the state to call for "fair share tax reform".