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Cuomo says a little about Occupy Albany

Oct 25, 2011 12:03 am
Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quizzed by former Governor David Paterson on his WOR radio show Monday, Oct. 24, and while Paterson tried to get Cuomo to weigh in on the "Occupy Albany" movement, he declined to say much. Cuomo said, “It’s all across the country, and I respect it.... We believe in the right to demonstrate. We also believe in the rule of law.” Vielkind reports that New York state controls the park where demonstrators are camping, just west of Lafayette Park. There is an 11 p.m. curfew there, according to Sgt. Kern Swoboda of the State Police, who told Vielkind it was “speculative” to say whether anyone camping in the park would be subject to arrest. Vielkind also reports that, "Cuomo’s top aide Larry Schwartz called Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings Friday and urged him to clear the park of demonstrators." Albany police officials refused to enforce the curfew, and, "Albany County DA David Soares said he wouldn’t prosecute anyone arrested for peacefully demonstrating in the park, trespass charge or no," according to Vielkind. In an earlier post, Vielkind quoted an Occupy Albany protester saying that Cuomo is a target of the protests: “We’re calling him governor one percent,” said 31-year-old UAlbany grad student Colin Donnamura. “If you’re in the top 1 percent you get a tax cut, if you’re in the 99 percent you get service cuts … we think it’s fundamentally unfair.” Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.

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