5:51 pm Oct. 10, 2011
Michael Bloomberg has the authority to tell the NYPD to shoot down (small) aircraft over New York City. But when it comes to the people trying to "destroy" New York's jobs, tourism, economy and whole way of being … they can stay "indefinitely."
The mayor's comments today seems to confirm yet again what we reported here, which is that the combined approach from the city and Zuccotti Park landlord Brookfield Office Properties—which technically is the entity that gets to decide how long the demonstration can be based there—is one of conditional accommodation: The demonstrators can stay as long as they don't break the law.
Tomorrow's "Millionaire's March" in front of the homes of rich New Yorkers like Rupert Murdoch (a friend of Bloomberg's) and Jamie Dimon should provide a test of this policy.
A Brooklyn lawmaker is looking to hire a press secretary, starting at $50,000. [Craigslist]
Bloomberg said protesters can stay indefinitely, so long as they obey the law, and the weather holds up. [David Seifman]
Zuccotti Park owners had no immediate response to Bloomberg's remarks.[Mackenzie Weinger]
In the past, Bloomberg was "cagey" on the timetable. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bloomberg "has not hidden his disdain for the protesters." [Blau, Croghan and Kennedy]
A "Post reporter was offered pot for $15 and heroin for $10" at Zuccotti Park, which "smelled like an open sewer -- with people urinating and defecating in public." [Lachlan Cartwright and Bb Fredericks]
A reporter thinks that dispatch is not accurate. [@thebrockjohnson]
Al Sharpton reportedly said he may camp out in the park. [Marc Beja]
It's in Ireland now, with Occupy Dame Street. [Katherine Weber]
Parading together: Council Speaker Christine Quinn, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, State Senators Diane Savino and Jeff Klein. [bxnews.net]
Mark Murphy, a possible Democratic challenger to Republican congressman Michael Grimm, visits a local Democratic club. [Colin Campbell]