Speech interrupted! Brooklyn Assemblyman yells during Gov. Cuomo's State of the State

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Assembyman heckles governor during speech
Watch an unedited clip of Gov. Cuomo getting interrupted during his State of the State speech.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A state Assemblyman interrupted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address to criticize what he says is the Democratic governor's hypocrisy.

Minutes after Cuomo began the annual speech before an audience of several hundred people, Assemblyman Charles Barron stood up and began yelling over the governor. Cuomo tried to quiet him, telling Barron, "Everybody heard you; everybody saw you."

Click on the video above to see the speech interruption.

After a few tense moments, Barron left the convention hall. He told reporters that he believes Cuomo is ignoring the needs of poor New Yorkers and should propose at least $2 billion more for public education, particularly for high-need schools.

Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat, said he planned the interruption. He said Cuomo is a hypocrite who doesn't care about the true state of the state.