A group of protesters tried to get the attention of Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, on Monday and he’s not happy about their approach.
About 300 people protested proposed education cuts throughout the Capitol building Monday. Their protest began in the gallery of the Senate chambers, moved to outside the governor’s office and then to several state senator’s offices, including DeFrancisco’s on the fourth floor.
About 50 people entered his office, jumped on his couches, swore at members of his staff and blocked the doorway, according to DeFrancisco.
DeFrancisco said Monday’s demonstration had the look and feel of an Occupy event.
“I find it hard to believe that they are in now way related to occupy this or occupy that,” he said. “It just seemed they are too similar that they were simply a coincidence.”
The three staffers in DeFrancisco’s office at the time unsuccessfully asked the protesters to leave. Protesters didn’t budge until police were called, DeFrancisco said, but the entire protest did not last long.
State police on Tuesday issued a list of 33 people who were arrested for disorderly conduct during Monday’s protest. One listed a Syracuse address: Emily C. Bishop, 21, who was listed as a student. Students and teachers from Buffalo, Binghamton and Holland Patent were also arrested Monday. All were issued appearance tickets, according to state police.