It seems as though the liberal leaning mayor of New York City is deeply involved in a crisis of conscience, when it comes to the Occupy Wall Street franchise.
Michael Bloomberg, the “self-implemented exception” third term mayor of New York City, has obviously been going to very “progressive” lengths to accommodate the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, for the OWS “citizens” who have “camped out” in [privately owned] Zuccotti Park for the past six weeks.
The mayor, who has made it his legacy to make criminals out of residents who smoke, serve transfats or table salt anywhere in the city, has spent millions of scarce budget dollars in police overtime, trying to “maintain” the peace at the park, around the clock–severely degrading protection for the other 7,998,500 (prox.) people in New York City.
The Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Council must just love the affects of this on the fortunes of this [once] great city, as well.
However, as a result of Bloomberg and the rest of the uber liberal City Council [el al] allowing this “Woodstock-like” spectacle [nonsense] to continue, they are actually “trampling” the inalienable human rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” guaranteed under the United States Declaration of Independence, causing great emotional and economic damage to the law-abiding, taxpaying citizen voters in this area of the city.
Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall Street in lower Manhattan, said he had to cut 21 of the 97 members of his staff on Thursday and Friday after seeing sales plummet by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests began. He’s also been forced to slash the restaurant operating hours, moving up his closing time from 9 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, according to Joshua Rhett Miller’s FOXNews article filed November 1, 2011.
The incessant noise and police activity aside, Epstein said the biggest obstacle to his business has been the ubiquitous New York police barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park.
“It’s not only a physical impediment, it’s a psychological impediment,” Epstein told FoxNews.com. “You look down Wall Street now, and it looks like it’s under siege. So, people who have to walk down Wall Street don’t walk down Wall Street. It used to be a beautiful pedestrian mall, and now it’s not — it’s ugly.”
If the barricades are not removed, Epstein said he “cannot see” how his business could sustain itself. The eatery, which opened in June, is a $4 million venture and is an expansion of the Boston restaurant he and his wife opened decades earlier.
“It’s my first venture in New York and my last venture in New York,” he said.
Epstein said he has pleaded with city officials, the New York police and his landlord, Donald Trump, to get the barricades removed, but he has been unable to get a return call from the city and the New York police. He was told by Trump himself, however, that the real estate mogul would try to contact city officials in hopes of removing the barricades.
“It’s a very sad situation,” Trump told FoxNews.com by phone. “They opened up to rave reviews and now because of Occupy Wall Street, nobody’s going down there. People are shunning the area; it’s a very big problem.”
Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said city officials are discussing potential solutions with Milk Street Cafe and other businesses near the protests on an ongoing basis.
“We have been working with businesses and the community to address the issues caused by the protests and will continue to do so,” he told FoxNews.com.
One day later, yesterday, the police did remove the barricades, and according to a follow up article on November 2, 2011 by Mr. Miller, Mayor Bloomberg had this to say…
“You know I think increasingly you’re seeing that communities, businesses and residents in Lower Manhattan feel that they are the ones that are being occupied. This isn’t an occupation of Wall Street. It’s an occupation of a growing, vibrant residential neighborhood in Lower Manhattan and it’s really hurting small businesses and families,” Bloomberg told reporters.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in this city that has been a stronger [defender] of the First Amendment than this administration and I have been,” he said. “We’ve worked hard to protect the demonstrators’ First Amendment rights, but other people have rights too and I am very concerned about the other peoples’ rights as well as those of the protesters.”
Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for Bloomberg, confirmed that the barricades were removed early Wednesday after discussions between City Hall and NYPD officials.
“It doesn’t mean it’s permanent,” LaVorgna said of the removal. “Situations change and we’re constantly monitoring the situation to help businesses and quality of life, while maintaining public safety.”
LaVorgna said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson ate lunch at the restaurant shortly after the barricades were removed.
How nice of Mr. Wolfson to do so.
Asked on Tuesday if he felt the protesters realized they were hurting his business, Epstein replied: “I’m very afraid of getting into what they are thinking and whether it’s the police or the protesters, because I don’t want to get mixed up in the battle between them. But everyone should understand the consequences of their actions and nobody is.”
This is another glaring example of liberalism and “political correctness” gone wild, aided and abetted by a very willing mainstream media and semi-covert Democrat political forces.
that have “nurtured” this anarchistic, crime-ridden display of .
What does it say when a solid citizen like Mr. Epstein, who has a $4 million business and supports 97 employees during these difficult times, has to beg and plead for six weeks with “the city”, to finally, with the power and influence of Donald Trump (his landlord), just get some police barricades removed that were blocking access to his business–but leave the “OWS problem” intact?
What does it say, when all Mr. Epstein is left to say afterwards is …“I’m very afraid…I don’t want to get mixed up in the battle between them.”
It says, in a very loud, clear voice that this inarticulate, anarchistic group of mostly liberal-educated college students, along with many criminal elements, can effectively declare victory over billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg (one of the 1 percent), and the entire city of New York.
Game, set and match.
As Donald Trump remarked…”it is a very sad situation.”
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