A report I received by e-mail from a secret operative who attended today's rally in Albany in support of tax credits:
There were (as I heard reported on the drive home) somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000-6000 attendees. The vast majority were from Catholic schools, seconded (but very far from a close second) by a decent representation from the Syrian and MO yeshivas. Dead last was the abysmal showing from the UO and Chassidish communities, a few black hats and beards peppered throughout the crowd, but nothing noticeable, especially when you consider the vast numbers that stayed home. Pataki spoke to thunderous applause and cheering, he was the closest thing to a rock star, with students reaching out to shake his hand and touch him as he made his exit. The Catholic students were the most vocal, screaming "save our schools" at the top of their lungs at every opportunity. They also came prepared with signs (which they gave out to the non-Catholics who were there as well), and many were wearing hats with S.O.S. written on them. Afterwards, some groups (including mine) went to lobby our legislators directly in their offices (Harvey Weisenberg and Dean Skelos). Skelos was very gracious and let us take pics with him. The kids were pleased. All in all, definitely an impressive showing overall, though definitely not from the Ultras, who I expect would be most affected by the tax credit. hard to comprehend why not - I'm sure they could have arranged for separate sections for the men and women ;).Thank you Agent X. More on this later.
Anyone else there? Put reports in comments.
Update: News coverage of the rally: I, II, III, IV, V, VI