An angry Mayor Bloomberg blasted local politicians yesterday for strong-arming the owners of Zuccotti Park into reversing a decision to clear out encamped Wall Street protesters — and allowing the activists to claim a victory over the city…
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) all acknowledged having discussions with Brookfield, but they insisted no threats were made.
“It was a totally positive conversation,” Stringer said. “I made the case with more dialogue and more discussion there could be movement on a number of issues.”
Council spokesman Jamie McShane said “Speaker Quinn was concerned about an unnecessary confrontation and had numerous conversations with Brookfield Properties over the course of Thursday night urging them to give more time in an effort to move towards negotiations.”