Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez sat down for an interview with “Good Day New York” this morning to discuss the march he has planned for later this afternoon to support Occupy Wall Street.
Mr. Lopez said that 50 different organizations were participating, including 11 unions and 15 politicians in a march that will go across the Brooklyn Bridge from Borough Hall to Zuccotti Park.
“We have the rich getting richer, so we figured it would be nice to stand up and advocate for a millionaires tax—city level, state level,” he said.
Mr. Lopez then suggested that instead of a tax, ” We could have the top 400 Wall Street companies each give $2 million–and that’s nothing–and that’s $2 billion we could use as a reserve fund to do infrastructure buildings, save the schools, save housing.”
The interview then reminded us of why Mr. Lopez so seldom grants interviews. Host Greg Kelly asked the longtime Assemblyman about the status of the two federal investigations into the social service empire he controls.
“This is totally out-of-context as to why I am here,” Mr. Lopez shot back. “In reality there is a very comprehensive, big not-for-profit in my district that does very very well in providing social services and supportive services. I am very supportive of what they are doing.”
Asked about his group, Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Mr. Lopez said, They are not my group. It is a group that serves my district.”
Asked then if his girlfriend serves as head of the organization, Mr. Lopez replied, “I am not going to get into who my girlfriend is or not.”
The whole thing is pretty amazing. Take a look: