Everybody who wants Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s job complained yesterday about how his administration cleared the Occupy Wall Street encampment out of Zuccotti Park – but none of them called for the encampment to return. —
And after a day of chaos, arrests and rolling protests throughout lower Manhattan, a judge’s ruling barring camping in the park seemed to finally give the mayor the upper hand in an issue that has bedeviled him for two months.
“It will make him look like the man who kept order in the city,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who worked on Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign. “Ongoing scuffles are one thing. Massive violence in public places, like what happened in Oakland, is quite another. That didn’t happen here. The mayor deserves credit for that. He gets blamed for everything else.”
City forces swept into Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours after Bloomberg decided it was time to take action – and just as public opinion was starting to turn against the Occupy Wall Street movement.
To read the full report by Adam Lisberg, head to City Hall...