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State Troopers Arrest NYC Lawmakers At Rent Control Rally

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New  York State Senator Bill Perkins (L) (credit: AP)

New York State Senator Bill Perkins (L) (credit: AP)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state troopers arrested a dozen protesters, including a state senator, who blocked the entrance to the governor’s office in a choreographed act of civil disobedience to push for rent control.

About 200 demonstrators were chanting Monday for new legislation to protect some 2.5 million people protected by rent controls in New York City apartments while 30 uniformed state troopers watched. Those who sat or knelt in front of the door to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offices face a disorderly conduct charge, a violation.

Sen. Bill Perkins, a Manhattan Democrat and the first escorted out, said they are trying to get rent laws renewed or reformed.

Bronx Assemblyman Jose Rivera also was arrested.

Lawmakers are considering a deal to extend current rent protections. Some protesters say that’s not enough.

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