“Very well-organized,” he told amNewYork’s Marc Beja. “And they said they balanced their budget, which is more than I could do in three years.”
Paterson also defended the protesters against charges that they were ill-informed, and he possessed a surprising fluency with social media.
“This whole image of young people as being self-indulged, Tweeing back and forth, ‘I’m taking a shower, now I’m going to school, now I’m at school,’ this is totally a lot different,” he said. “They obviously care about the society they live in, they care about other people like the vendors who met with them and also the postal workers who were afraid that the Post Office was shutting down.”
Earlier today Andrew Cuomo told Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that he was open to negotiations with the Public Employees Federation, so long as it was clear that negotiating didn’t mean, “I have to find more money from the taxpayers.”
PEF head Ken Brynien however appears to have heard from Cuomo’s words that the governor is open to negotiating.
“I heard the governor’s willingness to have open communication with us and I am encouraged the governor is willing to hear our ideas,” he said. “At this time, we see no evidence to suggest that a revote would result in an different outcome.” Continue reading “PEF Head Sees Hope In Cuomo’s Comments”→
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared on “The Capitol Pressrooom” and accused members of the state’s second largest public employees union who rejected a contract with the state this week of protecting older workers at the expense of younger ones.
“See the trick here is people know who are the junior members and they know who is going to get laid off and they know they are probably not going to get laid off if they have seniority because of the Triborough rules, they will continue to get certain increases, the contract continues,” Cuomo told host Susan Arbetter. “People may say, ‘I’m not going to get laid off. Why should I pay any more? Lay off the other guy.’ That’s unfortunate. It’s not in the spirit of community, but you could see that that’s a pragmatic judgment.” Continue reading “Cuomo Says PEF Members Prefer Layoff For New Workers Over Cuts To Senior Members”→
Mayor Mike Bloomberg was asked point-blank this morning by WOR radio host John Gambling if the Occupy Wall Street protesters would be permitted to stay down in Zuccotti Park for as long as the demonstration raged.
And he seemed to suggest that the protestors shouldn’t expect their lease to run-on indefinitely.
“We’ll see,” the mayor said. “People have a right to protest but we also have to make sure that people who don’t want to protest can go down the streets unmolested. We have to make sure that while you have a right to say what you want to say, people who want to say something very different have a right to say that as well. That’s what’s great about our country. The right to protest is part of our culture but it’s also true that there are other soceital concerns. You are worried about sanitation and there are lots of different laws on the books about what you can do.” Continue reading “Bloomberg Tells Occupy Wall Street Not To Get Too Comfortable”→