Most of the media might have moved on from the Occupy Wall Street protests, but for at least two Brooklyn City Council Members, the protest efforts won’t be so quickly forgotten. Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Steve Levin attended last night’s General Assembly, joined by prominent civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, and experienced what Councilman Williams generally referred to as a productive and peaceful affair.
Recently, the Occupy movement in New York City has been engaged in a dispute with 100 William Street’s building management over the use of their space. According to Mr. Williams, these differences are now settled. “I came out tonight to observe, to help make sure that the threats to right to assemble and protest are quelled,” the Councilman recalled last night. “Council Member Steve Levin, Norman Siegel and I were able to help mediate with the building management and the NYPD to maintain an acceptable balance of everyone’s concerns.”
Councilman Williams in particular has an interesting relationship with both the NYPD and Occupy Wall Street protests in recent months. In the past year, he has been arrested once voluntarily at an Occupy protest and again involuntarily at an unrelated event. But yesterday’s General Assembly had minimal conflict between police and protesters. “I was heartened to see the cooperation of the individual police officers on the scene,” Mr. Williams said. “In fact, it restores my belief that many in the NYPD sympathize with the message of Occupy Wall Street and want to work with, not against, the protesters.”