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Despite snow, Albany rally feels the Bern

Despite snow, Albany rally feels the Bern

Capital Region Bernie Sanders supporters showed up in a snowstorm today, holding signs and chanting
Despite snow, Albany rally feels the Bern
Jeri Hassel shows her support during a rally in support of Bernie Sanders in front of the New York State Capital in Albany on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Capital Region Bernie Sanders supporters showed up in a snowstorm today, holding signs and chanting in West Capitol Park in front of the Capitol building.

“I like that he has had the same record for 40 years and that he has the 99-Percents best interest at heart,” said Halsey Reed of Troy, one of around 70 people at the rally.

“I know how I felt when Obama was elected — we thought we were going to have a revolution and I don’t think that happened,” she added. “This time it could.

Reed said she believes that Sanders has the ability to unite the parties.

For Jeannette Rice his appeal spans generations.

“I’m a grandmother so it’s not just young people who are turning out for Bernie,” she said. “He’s one that give me hope for the future.”

Many at the rally talked about Sanders as hope.

“Your faces give me so much hope,” said Caroline MotherJudge, who sang at the rally. “Let’s make sure we get the vote out.”

Chris Higgins, an Albany County legislator, said he was impressed by the turnout considering the weather.

“It’s a people-powered campaign,” he said. “This shows how passionate Democrats are, and we’re here to support him from the local level.”

Higgins said he thinks New Yorkers will show up for Sanders at the polls on primary day, April 19.

“We expect him to do well in this state,” he said. “This is a grass-roots effort right here, they believe in democracy and having a choice.”

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