12:47 pm Oct. 7, 20112
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the three-week-old Occupy Wall Street demonstration is an effort to "take the jobs away from people working in this city" and that the protesters' actions are "not good for tourism."
(That last line will be a talker among supprters of the demonstration, I strongly suspect.)
Bloomberg also said the number of people joining the protesters at Zuccotti Park near the World Trade Center "grows and shrinks dramatically" depending on the weather and on whether there's footage about their activities on YouTube.
The mayor also pointed to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's comments about the demonstrations having a "negative" impact on the local neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.
Bloomberg made his comments in response to callers to his weekly radio show who asked about he demonstrations.
At one point, he said, "There are some people with legitimate complaints, there are some people who just like to protest."
Here's more of what the mayor said:
"We're trying to deal with this is a way that doesn't make the problem grow … In this day and age, the number of people there grows and shrinks dramatically depending on whether there is something on youtube, when the weather is good you probably get more people. there are some people with legitimate complaints, there are some people who just like to protest…I saw the speaker of the Assembly, Shelly Silver, stood up and said 'enough.'"
"What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city. They're trying to take away the tax base we have, 'cause none of this is good for tourism. And, at the same time, I'm sympathetic to some of their complaints. There are ways to do it without hurting people and making the problem worse."