Assembly Speaker Silver agrees with some of their goals, but wishes they’d Occupy Wall Street somewhere else

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Sheldon Silver (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he sympathized with some of the sentiments of the Occupy Wall Street protesters but suggested they take their message to "other parts of the city" and state, and, even Washington D.C.

Silver, who represents the Lower Manhattan district that has been home base for the nearly three-week-old demonstration, said they've had a "negative" impact on the community.

"This is the community that for many years had suffered the consequences of 9/11, many of the streets were blocked off," said Silver, speaking briefly to a few reporters as he left City Hall yesterday afternoon. "The one park that they are using is one of the few parks that is available to the community."

In the past, Silver has tried urging his fellow Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo, to raise taxes on high-income earners, a policy that is in line with the broadly stated goals of the protesters. Earlier this week, Silver again raised the issue of taxing millionaires as a way to fund the state budget.

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