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Wall Street Protesters Prep for Winter

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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fuel, generators Generators and fuel confiscated from Zuccotti Park by FDNY. (FDNY)

As the weather gets colder, Occupy Wall Street protesters are fighting to get back generators the Fire Department took out of Zuccotti Park last week. At the same, the Working Families Party is circulating a petition asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help protesters survive the winter.

The petition doesn't mention the generators specifically, but it was sent out the day after they were confiscated.

Approximately 35,000 people have signed the statewide petition so far. The Working Families Party executive director Dan Cantor said whether its generators or insulated tents — City Hall should be aiding the protesters, not undermining them.

"The real question is whether the protesters will be allowed to stay and have the necessary material conditions and supports to be able to do that," Cantor said.

The Fire Department cited a fire risk when they took away six generators and 13 fuel containers from Zuccotti Park.

But Occupy attorneys said the department failed to issue the usual violation notice first, to allow for corrective action. "I think if the Fire Department had come and said this is a problem, this is how you can fix it," said attorney Gideon Oliver, "things would have turned out differently." Oliver said they sent a letter to FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano last Saturday but haven’t received a response.

Mayoral spokesman Marc LaVorgna said the protesters were given receipts for the generators and can retrieve them as long as they're not used in the park.

Separately, Lower Manhattan officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, also asked for Mayor Bloomberg’s help. Noise from drumming and barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park have contributed to quality of life issues in the neighborhood which have led to some tensions. While respecting first amendment rights of the protesters, the officials want the city to enforce law prohibiting excessive noise and public urination.

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Comments [5]

Tory II from Illinois

Containers of gasoline, along with generators, are not a safety hazard. Every car in NYC has gasoline in it.

Notice the picture has one DIESEL generator.

Our govt, because of Lefties, loves to use the excuse of safety to rule over us.

Nov. 03 2011 05:22 AM
SKV from NYC

All summer the streets were inundated with noisy, polluting generators so the street fair vendors could fry corn dogs.

Why can't Bloomberg REALLY support civil rights and free speech and give these protesters a few portable toilets, a place to keep clean, and some of those same generators to keep from freezing?

New Yorkers in vast majority support the OWS protesters. Bloomberg's a 1% and doesn't care, but Christine Quinn, his anointed next-in-command, had better pay attention.

Nov. 02 2011 01:36 PM
SZGGY

HAVING CONTAINERS OF GASOLINE AROUND IS NOT TOO SAFE TO PUT IT MILDLY. THE LEADERSHIP NEED TO PUT THEIR HEADS TOGETHER AND FIGURE OUT A "SAFER" WAY TO KEEP WARM. PROPANE, THOUGH NOT GREAT, IS EVEN SAFER THAN GASOLINE. I WOULDN'T WANT TO HANGING AROUND CONTAINERS OF GASOLINE, REGARDLESS THE CAUSE. GET SMART.

Nov. 02 2011 11:04 AM
Robert from Upper West Side - Manhattan

Better the protesters in the Park, than on the streets. If they can't stay in the park. They can disrupt many different areas of the city instead. Give them back the generators. Bloomberg is thief. He stole the third term, and now he's stealing peoples heat.

Nov. 02 2011 09:17 AM
Sarah

"The real question is *weather the protesters will be allowed to stay..."

*Whether, not weather.

Nov. 02 2011 08:00 AM

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