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  • NY Congressman Spurns Constituents' 'Occupy' Protest Concerns

    The “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been a thorn in the side of a number of lower-Manhattan businesses. But the U.S. congressman who represents the district where protestors have gathered has a blunt message for the area’s business owners: deal with it.

    “All of us have to live with expressions of democratic demonstrations or whatever,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told the Washington Times’s Kerry Picket when asked about complaints from the area’s residents and business proprietors. “I think businesses are being damaged a hell of a lot more by our stupid economic policies” than by the protests, Nadler said.

    Some businesses in the area have been forced to shoulder significant costs as a direct result of the ongoing protests, now in their third week. Stacey Tzortzatos, who owns a panini shop near Zucotti Part, the epicenter of the protests, said she had to install a $200 lock on her bathroom door after the sink was destroyed, pipes broken, and the bathroom flooded.

    The Huffington Post relayed this anecdote from another local worker:

    A manager at the nearby Essex World Cafe — who asked to remain anonymous — shared similar complaints. Referring to three young men waiting at the end of the counter, he explained, “They want to use the toilet, the phones, we give them free water and free ice. They sit here and don’t buy anything, but they recharge their phone batteries with our plugs, and I tell them, ‘Hey, if you guys are going to come, I need to do some business here. We are suffering, too!’ And then they start with their own words, going against you.” The three young men eventually left the cafe, each carrying large containers the staff had filled with hot and cold water for them.

    This manager also cited damages, including graffiti on his restroom walls. “For eight and a half years, there was nothing on those walls,” he said. “Now it says ‘Viva la Revolucion’ everywhere. Yes, ‘Viva la Revolucion,’ but don’t write it on my toilet. I let you use my facilities without being a customer and this is what I get?”

    While some workers raise concerns about damage to their facilities, others say their businesses have actually come to a halt since the protests began. National Review’s Charles Cooke spoke with one food vendor who said he hadn’t been able to work for two weeks:

    Others in the area have cited sanitation problems arising from the protests. “We are urging the city to get involved in sanitation issues,” Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin told a New York City public radio station. “The City really doesn’t seem to really have any kind of plan to deal with sanitation issues.”

    Menin also said that the protests were inconveniencing the area’s residents. “The other big issue is access,” she explained. “The NYPD has put police barricades really all over the financial district. So we are getting a tremendous number of calls at the Community Board office dealing with access to residential buildings and businesses.”

    But despite all of these ongoing issues, Nadler insists that in this instance national issues must trump the concerns of his constituents. “Any prolonged demonstration is always going to have some local friction,” he told Picket. “The main thing is what’s going on. This is a national issue not a neighborhood issue.”

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    31 Responses to NY Congressman Spurns Constituents' 'Occupy' Protest Concerns

    1. Richard Magner says:

      Now may be a strategic opportunity to establish a referendum on 'term limits' via this nation wide 'Occupy Movement'!

      With a proper presentation and a few volunteers, signs & internet ebasts, I believe many of the 'Occupiers' would buy into the concept.

      It is a subject I feel both the right & the left could agree on (read Occupiers & Tea Party). That would make a powerful alliance.

      Best Regards,

      Rich Magner

      • Richard. I have been to Tea Party affairs in Albany, NYC and DC. At no time, at any of those rallies did
        I hear the language, smell the smells, or be treated to such a display of cluelessness, as the present Wall Street "Flea Party" occupiers have put forward. The main stream media, in an apparent slobbering love affair with them has referred to them as Americas Best. I think not. Upon leaving, the Tea Party people
        generally leave the property as clean or cleaner than they found it. Not so much here. There is no common ground with these socialistic greenbacked dung heap flies..


    2. poppa blues says:

      That's the liberal majority in New York and that's another reason why the population is in decline, businesses are leaving as well and why we've lost 2 congressional seats! Sensible New Yorkers have had enough and are getting out. Its a shame, I love it here but I can no longer live with the consequences of decades of liberal rule.

    3. Jeff, Illinois says:

      America is fed up with corporate / wall street / bank greed . . and the GOP is owned by their interests. I hope this movement never lets up . . !!!!!!!!!!

      • Bobbie says:

        America is fed up with one mindset of ignorance. Where's your proof, Mr. Jeff? Where can you find anything that your parents government haven't been involved as the root cause of your rant?!

      • chatmandu002 says:

        Jeff, or could it be the democrats that are in the tank for the Wall Street folks. Didn't the Wall Street crowd give more money to Obama's campaign than any other candidate in history. The 99%ers cry about the greed of corporations. Well how about your most loved company "Apple" which has all of its production lines in China and then still charges more than any other company for it's products. Apple has more money on hand than any other company.

      • Veldy says:

        Protesting "greed" by chanting "gimmee gimmee gimmee"

      • orangemtl says:

        Actually Jeff, those of us working >50 hours a week for decades, after delayed gratification and financial risk in college, professional training and running a business are kinda tired of parasites. Like you, for example.

        Now, go get me some coffee, boy; I'm busy making money.

      • scullymj says:

        Jeff, thank goodness for the corporations that made the computer you typed your post on. And who do you think made your cell phone, the clothes you wear and the house you live in, the food you eat, the car/bus that moves you from point to point? You think greedy bankers are at fault? They are regulated out the wazoo by primarily Democratic controlled legislation. Don't like the fees on your debit card, thank Barney Frank (D), Chris Dodd (D) and Chuck Shumer (D). Get the facts, not some talking points by kool-aid drinkers.

        "Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope." ~ Aristotle

      • Steve in Socal says:

        Wow Jeff. .given that the current WH occupant passed on public fianancing in 2008 and raised more moeny from Wallstreet and hosts 38,500 dinners, you're 4 years late with the reply. Put the cue cards down long enough to figure this out.

      • Janne says:

        Wall Street has donated more $ to Obama and democrats than the GOP. Look it up – that story was reported during the last couple of weeks.

      • ChrisMcM says:

        That's funny, your buddy Obama was the biggest recipient of Wall Street donations in history.

      • Jeff, Illinois says:

        The GOP and their sycophant followers are in denial, but there's still time to WAKE UP .. But alas they are on the wrong side of history .. Sooner or later the greedy / self centered / racist / war mongers / uninformed / Faux News parishoners will have to look in the mirror and realized it.

    4. Pat says:

      But when an election comes the stunades will vote the idiot Nadler right back in,

    5. TimAz says:

      If the protesters acquired a permit to protest. The individual that filled out that permit should be liable for all damages to local residents and business owners. A class action lawsuit or two should bring about a fundamental transformation in the way these clowns demonstrate and who they hire to carry out these faux protests. It could even make protesting of this sort fiscally prohibitive.

    6. atb2 says:

      Nadler is a worthless hack politician, who could not produce any work or economic value outside of carrying water for entrenched union interests. He is a product of the woeful NY Democratic Party clubhouse, nominally hard left in ideology but really a pretty stupid person who's distuingishing characteristic is he may be more obese than Chris Christie, and certainly nowhere near as intelligent or courageous. He gets elected by the same tiny % of the electorate that bothers to show up, i.e., those that are paid to support him and the fringe left activists. More people now live in the OWS-occupied neighborhood than ever before; maybe they will get off their butts and vote this dirtbag out. Of course that requires an opposition candidate. Oh well, get used to it financial district residents and businesses…this is why you "love NY" right?

      • Victor Erimita says:

        Then they deserve what they get. Maybe this will wake them from their political slumber, but I doubt it.

    7. 65corkyw65 says:

      I"may not be a smart man but I know what dumb is." These are the same people that start problems after winning ball games. Nothing else to do so lets got MARCH and show everyone just how nasty we can get.. Most don't have a clue what is going on. Wall Street in not responsable for where we are at..WASHINGTON IS!

    8. Dan Kauffman says:

      When did I give these Yahooos permission to speak for me? Just call me one of the 98% and them an additonal 1% of parasites

    9. neyney says:

      So let me ask these folks who are angry that their Congressman won't help them, did you vote for the guy? If you did and you are a Dem or voted for a Dem why are you surprised when they act like a Dem? Lay down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

    10. stop2think10 says:

      Isn;t his quote sooooo, statesman like? Ever read anything written by Jefferson or Washington that ended a sentence with, "…or whatever". Such an articulate man.

    11. MagsTheCat says:

      What a mess! They should be made to clean up the park, or pay for the same!!!!!! I am sorry, there is no excuse for destruction and trashing of PRIVATE property. Yes, the park is PRIVATELY OWNED!!!! And, they should reimburse local business for lost earnings.

    12. fred ca says:

      Jeff…check (I know, it's work but maybe you can do it) and see how much wall street gave dems and how much they gave reps. How many wall street work for obama and compare to past admins. Everyone knows that wall street and the dems are in bed together.

    13. ChrisMcM says:

      This is typical of the left to champion the supposed rights of these "protestors", but ignore the rights of others.

    14. guest says:

      so he no longer represents the people who elected him but rather represents people from other states.

    15. Anyone who supports this madness needs to wake up and smell the sweat. These protesters are nothing but retreads and need a fire hose along with some soap and water. And the anti-Semitism.is just over the edge. Bunch of clueless cry babies.

    16. lights on says:

      what slobs! and the derelict democrat advises "just deal with it" while his costs are covered by thieving the tax paying capitalists.

    17. NeoConVet says:

      To those who follow the "FLEA Party" mantra of more socialist dogma for the 'workers", Samuel Adams wrote:
      "If ye love wealth better than Liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"

      • lights on says:

        say, am I reading you right? Patriotic Americans are the tea party and misguided defamers, uneducated by government, are called the flea party?

    18. Heard one on Fox this morning. A guy, late 30'ish not bad looking, sobbing hysterically "Why can't we just have a solar panel pipeline across the country/" Must have gotten into a good load of dope last night. A
      perfect Ann Coulter, "Demonic" moment. Americas Best? Hmmm……………..

    19. rogi says:

      On my last trip to Riverside,CA I while searching for a sSubway, paused to interview some occupiers in the museum district. Actually, 1 young american female student with a petition to forgive student loans , two non-citizen male students wanting some utopia they hadn't found and an avowed German born NAZI via Canada(also a non-citizen). The males sought me out to gain my sympathy. They all failed—

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