WEST SENECA, N.Y. - In a fierce display of solidarity against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an estimated 1,500 people packed West Seneca West High School on Thursday night to oppose proposed reforms to the public education system.
Organized by teachers' unions, the rally against Cuomo's education reform agenda attracted educators, school board members, parents and even a few students to the high school, which ran out of seating in the auditorium and needed to use its gym and cafeteria for overflow seating.
Gov. Cuomo, who said this winter he would only offer an additional billion dollars in school aid if the legislature agrees to pass his reforms, did not attend, although organizers said they invited him.
Jon Herzog, a fifth-grade teacher, joined dozens of other educators from the Amherst Central School District at the rally.