Drew Cordes

Occupy Albany: Cuomo = "Guv 1 Percent?"

Filed By Drew Cordes | October 24, 2011 5:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: 1%, Albany, Gov Cuomo, Occupy Albany, Occupy Wall Street

After what New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo did for the LGBT population earlier this year, it's sad to read reports about his response to the Occupy protests in Albany. top-one-percent.jpg(Albany may not be a big city, but it is the capital of the state Wall Street is in, remember. The laws are made here.) Cuomo reportedly pressured Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and city police to make arrests and enforce a city curfew.

The situation intensified late Friday evening when Jennings, who has cultivated a strong relationship with Cuomo, directed his department to arrest protesters who refused to leave the city-owned portion of a large park that's across Washington Avenue from the Capitol and City Hall.

On the positive side, though, three cheers for the city police, who didn't bow to the political pressure and allowed the peaceful protest to continue.

"We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders," a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

"We don't have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble," the official said. "The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor." (Emphasis added)

Also working against Cuomo is his recent decision not to renew a tax on the wealthiest residents of the state. This comes at a time when budget cuts are hitting almost all state departments hard.

One of the Occupy Albany demonstrators ... said Gov. Andrew Cuomo's refusal to renew a tax on high income earners is one of the most "paradigmatic examples" of the inequality the movement stands against.

"We're calling him governor one percent," said Colin Donnamura, 31, a graduate student at UAlbany and no stranger from protesting things. "If you're in the top 1 percent you get a tax cut, if you're in the 99 percent you get service cuts ... we think it's fundamentally unfair."

For more on Occupy Albany, see here and here.

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Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | October 25, 2011 5:30 AM

A paid political prostitute, by any other name, is a paid political prostitute. Cuomo (Dem New York) is Obama (Hope and Changed Lies is Barbour (Rep MS) is Walker (Rep WI) is Biden (formerly, US Senator from the Bank of America) is Christie (Rep, NJ) is Brown (Dem CA) is Daniels (Rep IN) is Perdue (Dem SC, home of slavery, wage slavery and the Democrat Party).

Both parties passed NAFTA and deregulation, both parties bust unions with equal and criminal vigor, and both parties promoted the export of union jobs to non union nations. Both parties participated in shredding the Bill of Rights and both are equally responsible for the criminal assaults by the US on Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There was some talk, as his polling numbers plummet into Bush2 territory, of primarying Obama. His real primary was in Madison and is in the OWS-union uprisings in New York and hundreds of cities across the country, marked by a pronounced tendency to reject out of hand the two parties of criminality and the fake electoral system that keeps them in power. Under membership pressure the AFL-CIO has already cut back significantly from donations to the Democrats because they're anti-union. That has all the historic influence of the 'Shot heard 'round' the world". It's the equivalent of John Browns Raid. As that process gathers steam Democrats will join the Whigs in the graveyard of failed ruling class parties.