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Protesters fill Empire State Plaza, make merchants’ day

Miriam Barrows, 77, of Cazenovia, NY, took a three-hour trip to Empire State Plaza to take part in an anti-hydrofracturing rally during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.
Photographer: Edward Munger, Jr.
Miriam Barrows, 77, of Cazenovia, NY, took a three-hour trip to Empire State Plaza to take part in an anti-hydrofracturing rally during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.
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State troopers had to bring out extra barricades Wednesday to accommodate hundreds of protesters determined to make a point during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. The timing of the speech was good news to vendors at the Empire State Plaza’s Farmers Market, held each Wednesday, and the weather didn’t impede travel for an estimated 2,000 anti-hydrofracturing picketers who filled the plaza’s concourse. One of numerous group organizers said this year’s demonstration drew ...

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