Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway's statement about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's visit to Zuccotti Park on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, where he told the Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave the park by Friday, so it can be cleaned.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2011 www.nyc.gov 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.” - 30 -
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