Bloomberg: Wall Street Protests Trying To ‘Get Rid’ Of Jobs, Hurting Tourism

Zuccotti Park Not Cleaned In 3 Weeks; Local Businesses Getting Annoyed

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the 20th day of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the movement. He mostly criticized the group and said their actions are hurting the economy and tourism sector.

On his weekly radio show Friday, Bloomberg said long-term chaos and a prolonged money drain are bad for the city. He said he is sympathetic to some protestor complaints, but certainly not all.

“What they’re trying to do is to take the jobs away from people working in the city. They’re trying to take away the tax base we have because none of this is good for tourism,” he said. “There’s no easy solutions here.”

The mayor continued his criticism saying “if the jobs they are trying to get rid of in this city, the people that work in finance — which is a big part of our economy — go away, we’re not going to have any money to pay our municipal employees or clean the parks or anything else.”

However, he showed no inclination to put a stop to what has been going on.

“From a practical point of view, I think we want to let some of this not ‘play out’ isn’t quite the right word, but let them express themselves,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg Says There Aren’t Any Easy Solutions. 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Reports.

When asked if he would allow the demonstrators to stay, the mayor replied “we’ll see what happens, we’ve got to focus on making things better.”

The cramped and noisy protesters in Zuccotti Park does not appear to be going anywhere soon. To date, the occupation has cost the city an extra $2 million in police overtime alone.

The owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, cannot simply eject the demonstrators because the charter for the park allows 24-hour public access. But the owners never counted on this and appear to be getting fed up.

In a statement they said “because the protestors refuse to cooperate…the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.”

“They’re just making life miserable for the working guy,” bar owner Mike Keane told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

However, demonstrators insist they are being good neighbors, making an effort to be quiet in the overnight hours and cleaning up after themselves.

“The people that have been here, have been making sure to clean up. You can walk through and see, but I’ve seen multiple people sweeping,” demonstrator Michelle Rafic said.

Demonstrators have also taken issue with Mayor Bloomberg’s statements that the occupation is detrimental instead of positive.

“I think the more we talk about and get all the issues out there that need to be discussed, need to be confronted, obviously whatever we’re doing right now isn’t working. So until we figure out something that leads to a better America for everybody not just a small percentage of Americans,” Joshua Durham said.

Agree with Mayor Bloomberg’s comments?  Share your thoughts below…

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  • Ron

    Take a good look at these protesters. Your Democrat Party in action. Absolute idiots.

  • Don Juan

    Bloomberg’s media syndicate wants to ship jobs overseas and enslave people here.

  • mariee

    If you have any young people in your home, show these protests to them. My sixteen year old rolls her eyes, but I see the cogs turning in her head. She will not be indoctrinated by her college professors as long as I have breath in my body! I have taken her to several Tea Parties also, she will have a good foundation to stand on, and she will know always that America is a great country and the last great hope for mankind!

    • Bruce Frykman

      Why do you accept the idea that you must spend a couple of hundred thousand dollars to have your daughter learn how to regurgitate Marxist drivel?

      The best inoculation is to avoid the plague in the first place.

      What is the point of a college education?

      Is it to get a certificate that you can now recite collectivist prattle flawlessly.

      An entire four year bachelors degree is your for the taking on the internet. It only requires due diligence on the part of your child.

  • driveby_poster

    Bloomberg is a liberal and OWS are liberals.

    The only helpful thing to do when liberals are eating their own is to pop some popcorn and pull up a chair.

  • Cupcake

    The Tea Party did go home. The Federal Reserve still controls the US monetary policy. The banks still control the Federal Reserve, even though they seem to have no one in charge that can pass 3rd grade arithmatic. Banks can still take your deposits and leverage them to make loans, thus making them “too big to fail.” Banks, coorporations and special interest groups can still donate obscene amounts of money to campaign funds while you and I have a dollar amount cap. It’s no conflict of interest to donate millions to help someone get elected into a position that is in charge of regulating you. No siree, not at all.
    Those dirty hippies need to learn a thing or two about protesting. See, first of all, there has to be a problem, and right now everything is hunky dorey. Second of all, you can possibly get people to listen to you if you inconvience them. I mean, everybody knows you just stick around for a couple of days, educate a couple of passersby, and then go home. Sticking around until somebody pays you attention, psssh. Of course, you have to also remember that the media will focus on the real issues you are protesting. They will never, EVER, pick the most radical, uneducated, and obnoxious person out of thousands to interview. Not that it would matter, when you invite everybody only clean cut, well mannered people whose ideas mesh perfectly with your will show up!

  • Don Juan

    Bloomberg’s media syndicate just wants to ship jobs overseas and enslave people here.

  • DH

    Yea. So sick and tired of these self indulgent, smelly hippies who want to overthrow America. This guy in particular needs to move out of his parent’s basement and get a job. Hit him with a water cannon I say! Here’s his picture…..

    (…you people really have no clue as to what is going on here, do you?)

    • Jim Busse

      back to the VA mental ward soon would be a good thing.

    • Cupcake

      I was really hoping to find a picture I saw yesterday. It was a clean cut guy wearing BDUs and combat boots with a military bearing and a sign that sad something to the effect of, “Second time I’ve fought for my country. This time I know my enemy.” If you happen to spot it, please link. Thanks!

  • Hooahtime

    Hey Bloomberg, you can put the blame on the Marxist Anarchist in the WH and Soros who are paying his followers to create chaos in your city. You foolish people who voted for this community rebel rouser.

  • Pablo

    Obama is running our country into the ground. He is destroying our free enterprise capitalistic economic system that has made us the greatest country in the world. We all due respect, you had better have second thoughts before we become the next Greece. Blessings…

    • Pablo

      It is okay for these protesters who don’t want to work within the system and put forth ideas and encourage voting for candidates who can help their cause they protest, get arrested and don’t have any position that can come to fruition. The Tea Party had positions…less Government, lower taxes and less Government spending (we are almost $15 trillion in debt now) and the liberal media and far left politicians called them radical and had nothing good to say about them. However, they did affect the election in 2010 and caused a big change in Congress. I say this we all due respect for your position. Blessings…

  • ldavis

    Really, I’m sure tourists are going to NYC to ‘see protestors’. Ask the ‘capitalists’ who have businesses what they think.

    So tired of this nonsense … this all started in the 60’s and 70’s and it is how we ended up where we are today …. an extremist leftist president who believes that pitting people against each other will achieve his goals. Frankly I think the press should simply ignore this nonsense so they can all go home and get jobs.

  • danola

    I bet in New York, one would need a permit to sell lemonade, but they do not need a permit to sleep in the park? This is Bloomberg’s doing. He is an Obama puppet. He wants the same thing for this country. Tyranny. He will allow this to continue and do nothing but pay lip service to the businesses.

  • caleb goldfarb

    The only thing hurting us is this mentallly retarded Jew we have forva Mayor. We at the UJF DEMAND once again you resign you WACKO.

  • burningtree

    Can we remind these people that Woodstock is over, that it isn’t the dawning of the Age of Aquarius? Nobody really cares about these losers, and

    • burningtree

      and…(sorry)…and when the weather turns cold–and when midterms come soon at NYU and Columbia, the parks will be clear.

  • Jason Cartwright

    Mayor Bloomberg is a horses ass. I hope someone takes a dump on his front lawn.

  • caleb goldfarb

    The only thing hurting this city is this mentally retardrd jew we have for a mayor.

  • rowley

    Stench follows all the gangs with any association to Unions just like the nasty gang that occupied Wisconsin Capitol.
    Any escalation to violence will be triggered by Obama/Pelosi backing and belong to the Demos.

  • Joe

    It is time for Mayor Bloomberg to act like a leader. What is this “Will see what happens” crap.. He’s great at telling us what to eat but not protecting the city. He reminds me of Mayor Lindsay.

  • Timothy Turnstone

    The corporate protestors are the “Liberals Pee Party”

  • EMC

    It’s too bad that the protestors at the media shows come off looking like sociopaths and eccentrics.They do , however, have a very valid message to convey and they need to be more cohesive in their tactics.
    Complacency in America is rampant.We have swallowed the behavior and lack of concern by Congress, allowed banks, pharmecuticals, oil and insurance companies have their lobbiests bamboozle Washington and stay silent.
    The protestors at least are making a statement. Too many people here pay more attention to baseball and football scores or overdose on “reality” TV to be standing up for themselves.

  • Dress like an Indian

    The corporate protestors are the liberals “Pee Party”

  • nightsong

    There is no excuse for that park not to be cleaned on a regular basis as it would be anytime during the rest of the year.

  • Obamaroid Ointment

    Power to People-Ban Big Hygiene!

    Boycott evil corporate soap products!


  • SickOfLibs

    I’ve thought this over a moment and realized:

    1. As a conservative who works in finance in NYC, I can tell you that banks and the people who work for them mostly donated to the Dems and to Obama in particular. Most of the rank-and-file people who work in them, particularly here in New York, are hard-core liberals. During 2008 I was very much on my own against Obama’s election.

    2. New York is a staunchly liberal city with a long history of socialist and progressive attitudes.

    As far as I can see, they’ve both invited these people, and are only reaping what they’ve sown for years. Let them have it. More power to the hippies. Maybe they’ll hurt finance industry and NY enough that they wise up a bit.

    • Kevin Pearson

      I have been saying from the getgo, this whole “Occupy Wall Street” thangy is like caterpillars protesting butterflies.

  • ObamaTheRaceBaiter

    Socialism stinks…….literally.

  • Barry Soetoro

    George Soros is their puppet master.

  • Rico

    The protesters don’t have it that bad. If they get really smelly, they can drive up to Mommy and Daddy’s house in Greenwich for a hot shower,

  • tom

    Right from Obama’s bible, Communist Manifesto, “Overwhelm the System”

  • mark

    Bring on the ’12 elections.

    These socialist dems are out’a here.

    • noway

      Amen buddy. I CANNOT WAIT for this clown of a president to get his butt kicked

    • EMC

      And when the Evangelical facists load you and your family into boxcars to the camps , let’s hope you remember your words!

    • nightsong

      sooner the better.

  • Warrior 07

    I feel like I am living in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged! Where John Galt?

  • Big Bear

    My dad was an intern at Oakland/Alameda hospital in 1966-7…yep…the Summer of Love. He related the same stories, but worse, from the front lines. Sanitation nightmares, women (girls) being raped, VD, OD, Black Panthers prowling the hospital with AK’s on their shoulders. I guess not much has changed. Scruffy Idealism = Epic Fail.

  • Rachel

    Looks mostly like a bunch of radicals, commies, alinsky-ites and bored kids. They don’t represent anyone I know or care about.

    • heatherfeather

      The 99%? LMAO! More like the 9%. They can knock off the front 9, or the back 9…oh wait, that’s a golf analogy that only the 1% who is fcuking everyone else can understand, right?

      • Kevin Pearson

        Obama would get it.

  • Eric

    Squatting on private property and leaving piles of filth? If I didn’t already know they were hippies that would have been my first guess.

    • Kevin Pearson

      Or hip hoppers. This happens every year on South Beach on Memorial Day Weekend, only it only take them 3 days to make a mess. These “OWS”er are clean in comparison.
      I an begging the Tea Party to stage a convention on South Beach next Memorial Day so that there would be no room for “Urban Beach Weekend” down there.

  • flackjacket5

    They (the occupiers) are the perfect liberal storm…when you combine their arrogance, ignorance, and a little help from their sugar daddy/money bag mama (George Soros). Their they are, reliving the 60s, stinking up the neighborhood, passing roaches-hippies with nothing to do until next year’s Burning Man…would love to see someone from a Wall Street building dump a large bucket of liquid feces on them.

  • jimmy

    The majority of the comments are stupid and ridiculous comments by losers who happen to be republicans. So much ignorance, by people who are being ironic to the protests. Stay at your houses and keep watching trash tv!!!!!!!!


      Especially after all of the respect your side showed the tea party. How dare these people? /s

    • RuRu

      Hey Jimmy, you and your fleaparty should go get cleaned up, things are beginning to stink in New York City

  • El Fease Shabazz

    Play a constant stream of Slayer and all the hippies will disperse. South Park is prophetic.

  • schatzi

    Everything old is new again. Same anarchists, same whine, same smell, same protest.
    Let’s all share a yawn for deja` vu.

  • Resistance is Futile

    Being Anti-Establishment isn’t going to get you a job because it’s the Establishment who create the jobs.

    • Jim Busse

      It got the community organizer in chief a job and he screwed it up.

    • Kevin Pearson

      It ain’t about “getting a job” it’s about making sure that no body else has one That’s the basis for environmentalism

    • rachel

      Amen to that.

  • Moon Them

    Give each of them Spacesuits to sleep in, er, sleeping bags.


    I dub the protesters THE FLEA PARTY

  • Moon Them

    Give each one of them a Spacesuit to sleep in, er, I mean sleeping bags.

  • Mandy

    I have lived 60 years and never heard of a President not a political party resort to calling out their dogs to violence against our country. How vile and disgusting the Socialist Democrat party has become. They are heartless and desperate and care not for anyone but to continue to hold power. Shame on them and anyone who votes Democrat ever again.

  • Brer_Orabbit

    May Obama and his minions rot in hell.


      These people don’t realize Obama’s connection to Wall Street? We have truely fell down the rabbit hole.

  • Tvljay

    Seriously, let’s crash Wall Street so ALL the corporations that UNION workers pensions are invested in are all WIPED OUT! The union elites and the Democratic Party clearly want that so all their members are dependent on the government, but is this really what the individual members want???

  • Dude

    Time to send in the Tanks and run them over. Toss the corpses into dump trucks and Soylent Green the remains.

    • Ty Harris

      Where’s Douglas MacArthur when we need him. He took care of those “Bonus-Marchers” in short-order.

  • liz

    Lame, Crybabies, get off your butts and go to work. YES there are jobs!!!!!!!!!!! Stop waiting for handouts. Start by cleaning up the park. You are all a bunch of filthy SLOBS. Stop blaming others because life is not going your way. You are all disgusting.

    • Human Cesspool

      The East River is going to look like the filthy Ganges River pretty soon. They’ll be swimming in that filthy human cesspool.

  • Billy

    Regarding the park being clean or not; doesn’t this ‘news’ channel/website employ what we used to call, “reporters”? Why don’t they “report” on whether or not the park is clean?

  • JHarnes

    Far too many of the Great Banks are always ready to screw consumers. But it’s the politicians who changed the laws that protected consumers who are responsible. When your government bails out these bankers who continue to feel they should continue policies that wrecked our economy – such as credit cards charging rates that would see loansharks arrested, it is hard to feel anything but loathing for bankers.

    But the core of these protestors are professional protestors. What are they trying to do? Well, Democratic leaders are shouting encouragement trying to gather political support at a time 2012 is looking like a big GOP win year. But these politicians are owned by the international corporations and bankers who finance their election campaigns.

    These protests from the left are not going to spark an Arab-style revolt in the USA. Hard working people can’t understand this nonsense of folks seeking to protest when they should be finding work. With Unions now backing these protestors it is getting clear they are using these folks to help protect the rules that keep public service unions in place.

    We need changes in this country. We need politicians of vision and courage – not game playing idiots that sadly hold far too many House and senate seats. I feel 2012 is going to be a very bad year for incumbents!

    • Kevin Pearson

      It’s the Politicians, the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS that have screwed the customers and have destroyed the economy.

  • Dryden01

    What a big surprise: just when Obama enters full time re-election mode a new movement called the flea party emerges to help him get votes. These flea-baggers will see to it that the communo-socialist-Maoist-Marxist-Chaves-Guevara-Progressive talking points are captured by the media to energize the imagination of American envy worshipers and anarchists. It’s almost as if the Obama re-election campaign had nothing to do with it? Don’t forget to tell them to pick up after themselves Barack!

    • rachel

      Fleabaggers! Excellent name. That is going to catch on. That’s what they look and smell like.


      OMG!!! Flea baggers!!

      Dude, stop making me laugh, I have bruised ribs!!!

    • Artist

      Flea Party!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaha
      that’s GREAT I LOVE it!

  • jay Pee

    They do not protest early in the morning they sleep late. Poor babies

  • yiddishlion

    Nothing is better than watching liberal ideology and left wing indoctrination resulting in anarchist chaos that devours it’s host.


      These people don’t realize that when you tax the rich, the rich charge more for their products and services, and then we all end up being the ones who pay the tax.
      Read about Ron Paul’s tax plan at

      No income tax, less spending, no bailouts!!!

      Dr Paul has predicted all of this BS years in advance and is telling us what will happen next.

      • Mace

        No, let’s not read about Ron Paul’s tax plan. He’s a bozo and isn’t going to get any better. Let him go and move on to a conservative that can be elected.


          Ron Paul is the ONLY conservative running. I will not vote for another big spending , war mongering neocon.

          Why is he a bozo?

          The whacky ideas of Ron Paul

          > Restoring Constitutional Liberties

          > Ending Illegal Foreign Wars of Aggression and Imperialism

          > Restoring the Rule of Law for all govt officials and organizations (Executive/CIA)

          > Restoring Sound Money

          > Right-sizing Government with lower spending AND taxes.

          > Reducing the Nanny State

          Are those the positions of a bozo?

          Turn off the TV and read a book!!!

          • Marie

            Sorry, but until Dr. Paul gets real about a TRUE foreign policy, he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming President Paul. What he DOES have a chance of is becoming the reason Obama will achieve a second term . . .


              Free trade with all nations, and non-intervention ARE a real foreign policy. giving ten of billions of dollars to our enemies, propping up dictators, intervening in internal and local conflicts has gotten us what we have now. 14 trillion in debt, endless wars, and a nation rapidly and happily headed toward socialism.

              What do you consider a REAL foreign policy. I patiently await your response, this should be good!!!


                The silence is deafening!!!

    • Hman

      Well said, it goes to show how little these people know of how their world works. They know so little of what’s going on and what their doing that they are breaking quite a few laws doing so. From what I’ve heard about them, I believe we should try them for Hate Crimes and public indecency before we let them continue. These fellow country men are allowed to protest however much they like, but they should try following our civil society’s basic laws before they have right to exercise their Constitutional Rights.

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