Everyone has been wondering why the planned cleanup of the NYC Plaza hosting the Occupy Wall Street Protesters was cancelled, the reason was pure politics. Early this morning when Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway announced that the owner of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning people assumed that it was because the protesters were cleaning it up themselves, but later in the morning an angry Mayor Bloomberg said:
“My understanding is Brookfield got lots of calls from many elected officials, threatening them and saying if you don’t stop this we’ll make your life more difficult,” the mayor said on his weekly radio show.
“If those elected officials had spent half as much time trying to promote the city to get jobs to come here we would a lot more ways towards answering the concerns of the protestors.
“I’m told they were inundated by lots of elected officials…”
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The mayor said he didn’t know which elected officials applied the pressure, which is political talk for I know who they are but I am not going to single them out.
One possible candidate for the pressure is Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who on Thursday took the time to leave the all-you-can-eat-buffet he spends time in to demand that Brookfield and the city try to work out a voluntary resolution of the month-long sleep-in.
I’ve asked what would happen if they cannot (reach a deal). The answer I got was they would want to go ahead and do exactly what they were going to do this morning,” he said.
“From our point of view, it will be a little bit harder, I think, at that point in time to provide police protection. But we have the greatest police department in the world and will do what is necessary.”
Brookfield officials called the city at midnight to ask for the postponement, saying they wanted to see if they could work out an agreement with the protestors.
“I’m not sure what that means,” said the mayor. “There has to be some resolution eventually.”