Critics of Governor Cuomo's proposed budget rally on the steps of City Hall over cuts to child protective services.
The demonstration comes one day after the head of the city's Administration for Children's Services sent a formal letter to the Governor's office.
It warns the cuts would severely affect preventive programs and staffing.
The governor's proposed budget eliminates $129 million in state child welfare funding allocated for the city in 2019.
Advocates say it is unfair to children who rely on these services.
"These budget cuts make no sense," said one opponent. "If you have ever heard the phrase, if it's not broken don't fix it. The close to home system is still working and the child finance stream is working."
Governor Cuomo's office responded to the letter, saying New York State has helped fund city welfare costs for four years and helped finance any additional resources to child welfare that the city asked for.