Danbury Mayor on NYC Mayor: ‘Worst Mayor I’ve Seen in That City in Decades’
New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio, ordered police to move "protesters" out of City Hall Park on Wednesday (7/22/20). When Danbury, CT Mayor Mark Boughton joined the Ethan and Lou Show on Thursday morning (7/23/20), we asked him about how the NYC Mayor, NY State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, handled the complicated situation known as "Occupy City Hall."
Anyone paying attention knows that the actual protesters (for the most part) departed long ago and the people who were told to leave NYC's City Hall Park on Wednesday were either committing crimes of vandalism or homeless. Mayor De Blasio himself admitted this by saying:
The gathering there got smaller and smaller, was less and less about protests. More and more, it became an area where homeless folks are gathering, I said repeatedly, we do always respect the right to protest, but we have to think about health and safety first, and the health and safety issues were growing. So it was time to take action.
He claimed the move had nothing to do with pressure from the White House and even threatened legal action against the Trump administration should the President send Federal officers into the City of New York. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was also critical of the handling of "Occupy City Hall" by the Mayor saying:
I’m a native New Yorker, as you well know, and we’ve dealt with crime in New York City, and there have been ebbs and flows, we’ve been talking to the mayor, I understand the pressures that are happening, and the dynamic that’s happening, and we’ve been working with the city to make certain changes. The city is in very troubling times, and we are seeing deterioration on a number of levels, you have a sense of civil unrest that is going on, (and) then the graffiti on top of it all plays into this overall impression of the city in decline.
And that is troubling, because you have the reality and the perception. If that is the perception, it becomes a problem in and of itself. New York City should work to address its graffiti issue, maintaining the city makes a big mistake in not addressing these situations, I mean, clean it up. What does it take? It’s spray paint. We know how to do these things, we did these things, we learned these lessons, when you see these things going on, for people who have been in the city, they do see it as a return to the bad old days. They do. People who went through the city in the 70s and the 80s, it does look like this is a reversion, and it’s a problem.
This quote means little to me because I have zero respect for NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. I believe he is the lead man, working to create a mega-state in the Northeast with CT Governor Ned Lamont and NJ Governor Phil Murphy following behind like lap dogs. Don't be a tough guy, I'll call you later.