Council Hears Challenge to Park Protest Ban
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit large gatherings on the Great Lawn in Central Park is being attacked by civil libertarians who say it will be a breach of the First Amendment.
REPORTER: At a city council hearing, Former Parks Commissioner and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum said the Commissioner already has the right to reject applications. She alleged Mayor Bloomberg has another motive.
GOTBAUM: There is reason to believe in the wake of the Republican convention that he is seeking to limit the number of public demonstrations that could embarrass the administration.
REPORTER: The City maintained the proposed changes were to protect and preserve the grass of the Great Lawn.