Courtney Miller with Citizen Action speaks in favor of public campaign financing at a rally at the state Capitol on March 28. Photo: Karen DeWitt

They were arguing over a private, $25,000-a-plate fundraiser held by the governor just two weeks before the state budget is due.

A plan to create a matching small-donor public campaign finance system for statewide elections is included in Cuomo’s budget and has some support in the Democrat-led state Senate.

Supporters of the measure, including the government reform group Citizen Action, rallied at the Capitol to urge passage in the state budget.

“What do we want?” they chanted. “Fair elections!”

In the meantime, many politicians, including Cuomo, have not stopped holding fundraisers using the current rules, where limits on donations are more generous than other states.

That custom came under fire when The New York Times reported on a private, under-the-radar fundraiser held by Cuomo two weeks before the budget was due. The top ticket was $25,000, and many groups with interests at stake in the state budget attended. Cuomo’s budget director also was at the fundraiser.

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Sen. Jessica Ramos get ready for a press conference on March 27. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Sen. Jessica Ramos get ready for a press conference on March 27. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Freshman Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Jessica Ramos and recently elected Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou called a press conference to accuse Cuomo of being a “hypocrite.”

Biaggi, who said she and the others ran for election on a platform that included getting big money out of politics, said the event upset her.

“Show me another example, in another state, where there is a governor during the budget process raising $25,000 a plate,” Biaggi said. “Are you kidding me?”

Cuomo did not respond personally to the…