The lawmakers–Jerry Nadler on the federal level, Shelly Silver and Daniel Squadron in Albany, and Margaret Chin, the local City Councilmember– say they give their ”full support for the protesters’ First Amendment rights to speak and to assemble in Zuccotti Park. We sympathize with the movement’s message and we feel it is important that their voices be heard.”
But still, they note that right now the city seems to allow the protesters greater license than anyone else would have.
“Therefore, we are asking that the city enforce laws prohibiting the excessive noise from drumming, which has disturbed neighbors day and night, as well as those prohibiting public urination on our streets, buildings and sidewalks,” they write.
A spokesperson for Ms. Chin said that this didn’t necessarily mean that the lawmakers were calling for the NYPD to arrest those who break the laws, but rather to write tickets and to be more of a presence down there.
Democratic lawmakers who represent Lower Manhattan are in a spot as tricky as any pols, perhaps in the country. Although they have largely expressed sympathy for the protesters’ message, it is also a constituent concern for them of the type it is for no other elected official.
Full letter from the lawmakers is below:
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