New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway released a statement announcing that Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, was “postponing” its planned 7 AM cleanup of the space. Holloway’s full statement, sent to the press at 6:18 AM, is below. It looks like mass arrests will be avoided this morning.
Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park – Brookfield Properties – that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park, and for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation. Our position has been consistent throughout: the City’s role is to protect public health and safety, to enforce the law, and guarantee the rights of all New Yorkers. Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.
State Sen. Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents the area, immediately chimed in on Twitter with a response that gave a hint of the political pressure that may have been exerted on the property owner to back down: “Our late night requests to Brookfield are answered, they’re holding off.”
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