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Protestors descend on state Capitol before Cuomo's Albany State of the State

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. | Photo: AP Photo / Mike Groll.

January 11, 2017 12:57 PM

ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo is wrapping up his series of State of the State speeches. He will be speaking at UAlbany at 2 p.m. Prior to that, protesters took to the state Capitol. They want to block the governor's proposal to bail out three nuclear power plants in upstate New York.

State police officials are securing the area ahead of the governor's arrival at the UAlbany campus for his final regional State of the State. He was in Syracuse Wednesday morning and Tuesday he was downstate doing the same thing.

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Ahead of his arrival here a group of protesters gathered in front of the state Capitol, calling on the state lawmakers to block one of Cuomo’s initiatives.

The group says the governor wants to bail out three nuclear power plants in upstate New York to the tune of more than $7 billion. They say the deal is already done and was negotiated without any input from the public.

However, they say it's the rate paying public that's going to foot the bill with major increases in their utility. They pointed out that National Grid customers will get hit with $465 million over a period of 12 years.

The governor previously shut down Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. The group applauds him for that, saying coincidentally that plant was actually profitable, whereas the ones he's trying to bail out are failing.

"A $7.6 billion utility tax that all New Yorkers will pay. There’s been very little public scrutiny of this. It’s a huge hit to ratepayers and it will have a profound impact on hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are living already on the margin. People who’ve already had problems paying their electric bills are going to find that it’s causing more," argued Blair Horner with NYPIRG.

The protesters would like to see that money invested in renewable energy instead, like wind and solar.

NewsChannel 13 will be streaming Gov. Cuomo’s regional State of the State on WNYT.com beginning at 2 p.m. and have a full wrap-up there and on our evening newscasts starting Live at 5.

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