Andrew Cuomo hears a lot of messages from Occupy Wall Street

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Andrew Cuomo (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Governor Andrew Cuomo didn't come out for, or against, the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, which is entering its fourth week in lower Manhattan.

I asked Governor Andrew Cuomo whether, substantively, the protesters were right to be expressing their frustration with big banks and Wall Street, or whether they were, as Michael Bloomberg said, misguided and a threat to local jobs.

"They have a right to protest and everyone has a right to their opinion," Cuomo said, speaking to a throng of reporters at the end of the Columbus Day parade on Fifth Avenue.

"They're saying a number of things," Cuomo said. "Part of it is about Wall Street, part of it is anti-death penalty, part of it is the environment, etc. But they have a right to protest, they have a right to their opinion. That's what makes a democracy work."

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Bloomberg has occasionally criticized the demonstrators for directing their anger at Wall Street and for harming local tourism, but today's message from the mayor was simply that they had the right to be there and that he had no intention of acting against them as long as they didn't break the law.

The DCCC and labor have begun fully embracing Occupy Wall Street.