The Occupiers of Wall Street have run into a hurdle. Mayor Bloomberg gave his approval for the protesters to stay in Liberty Park indefinitely as long as they followed the law. That was two days ago — today he’s changed the rules.
New York’s Billionaire Mayor states his sudden change of mind is in order to clean the Park and this comes from the owners, Brookfield Office Properties.
Capital New York reports:
In the Oct. 11 letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Brookfield’s C.E.O., Richard B. Clark, said the four-week old “trespassing of the protesters” has created “a health and public safety issue that must be addressed immediately.”
One safety issue, according to Clark, is that if the “underground lighting” has been “cracked, water could infiltrate the electrical system, putting occupants of the Park at risk of an electrical hazard.”
The letter states the CEO wants help in facilitating this ‘clean up’ in an ongoing basis and I’m certain the Mayor, who is a Wall Street mogul, will be only too happy to help.
A public, non-privately owned park might be the better option.
This Tweet is circulating but I can’t confirm it yet:
Mayor Bloomberg’s girlfriend is on board of directors of #Zuccotti Park firm. #p2 #OWS #OccupyWallStreet