STATEMENT OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR OPERATIONS CAS HOLLOWAY
“Earlier this evening, Mayor Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park to talk
with the protesters himself and inform them that on Friday morning Brookfield
Properties will clean the park.
“Brookfield Properties owns Zuccotti Park, and built it as an amenity
for the general public. As the protest has continued, Brookfield has
expressed concern about its inability to clean the park and maintain it in a
condition fit for public use. Brookfield conveyed these concerns in a letter
they sent to the City.
“The Mayor is a strong believer in the First Amendment and believes
that the protesters have a right to continue to protest. At the same time, the
last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear
and tear on the park. This situation is not in the best interests of the
protesters, residents or the City.
“The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able to
return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules
that Brookfield has established for the park.”
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