NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) released the following statement early this morning after Brookfield Properties decided to delay its scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park:
Brookfield Properties' decision to delay the clean-up of Zuccotti Park creates a window for real dialogue between Occupy Wall Street, the community, Brookfield, and the City.
Yesterday, I stood with the Borough President, community leaders, and OWS representatives to call for further discussion before proceeding with the clean-up.
Late into the night, I had a number of conversations with Brookfield Properties CEO Richard Clark and other stakeholders, urging Brookfield to delay the clean-up.
Late last night, Brookfield Properties made the right decision in postponing its scheduled clean-up of Zuccotti Park. They deserve real credit.
Now, the dialogue must continue. The stakeholders must come together to find a solution that respects the protesters' fundamental rights, while addressing the legitimate quality of life concerns in this growing residential neighborhood.
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