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12 protesters arrested after NY capitol vigil

March 20, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve protesters have been arrested at the New York state Capitol while holding a vigil seeking more financial resources for programs to help the homeless.

The individuals were briefly detained late Tuesday after they refused to leave the Capitol when it closed for the day. They included homeless and formerly homeless people as well as advocates pushing for more funding.

They had hoped to hold a 24-hour vigil but instead left and returned on Wednesday.

The vigil comes as lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo are working to put together a new state budget before the April 1 start of a new fiscal year.

The group wants lawmakers and Cuomo to increase funds for a rental assistance program for low-income families and individuals at risk of becoming homeless.