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Suffolk Democratic dinner draws big numbers -- both inside and out
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo headlined the Suffolk Democrats' spring dinner Monday night, which drew a record crowd of 550 inside Villa Lombardi's.
But outside the Holbrook catering hall, more than 2,000 chanting, placard-carrying protesters attacked the governor's stands on everything from the Common Core academic standards and gun rights to fracking and hurricane relief.
The bulk of the protesters were local public school teachers and parents from both Nassau and Suffolk -- and some from as far as Hastings on the Hudson in Westchester County -- who criticized Cuomo for implementation of the Common Core standards, and the 2 percent tax cap for severely damaging local schools.