A number of elected officials gathered at the edge of Zuccotti Park for an extraordinary press conference this evening in which they urged Mayor Mike Bloomberg to reconsider his plan to remove protesters from sections of the park in order for it to be cleaned.
The press conference, in front of the Brown Brothers Harriman building in the Financial District, was remarkable for several reasons. It was called hastily by the Working Families Party, rather than by the organizers of the protest or by any elected officials, yet still attracted over a dozen local lawmakers. The police initially tried to stop the press conference from starting, saying that it was on private land, leading to a slight verbal altercation with Bill Lipton, a political director of the Working Families Party, in which the white-shirted police officer demanded Mr. Lipton’s driver license. The police officer’s name could not be determined but he stood in front of the makeshift podium for several minutes as the press conference started, obscuring the speakers. And finally, there was no shortage of fiery rhetoric aimed at Mayor Bloomberg. Read More