State police arrest 48 protesters at Lafayette Park
ALBANY State police arrested 48 people late Saturday night for refusing to leave Lafayette Park.
The suspects, who are part of the Occupy Albany movement that has spent the last month protesting over economic injustice, failed to comply with the 11 p.m. curfew to leave the state-owned park.
Authorities said the demonstrators were warned repeatedly Saturday night that they would face arrest if they didn’t leave.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to have anyone arrested who violates the park’s curfew. The park land is adjacent to the city-owned Academy Park, where demonstrators have been allowed to camp since Oct. 21.
Before Sunday, more than 60 Occupy protesters had been arrested for defying the curfew, most on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.
Arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct Saturday night were:
Christopher M. Scully, 22, of 1405 5th Ave. in Troy; Brian F. Sullivan, 20, of 68 Lewis Road in North Merrick, N.Y.; Catherine M. Damica, 22, of 9 Besch Ave., Albany; Cheryl A. Dedes, 26, of 9 Marwill St., Albany; Christopher D. Brown, 42, of 175 Jay St., Albany; James H. Searle, 27, of 47 Myrtle Ave., Albany; Jacquelane M. Hayes, 29, of 47 Myrtle Ave., Albany; Christopher R. Scoville, 32, of 303 Fuller Road, Albany; Joseph I. Lombardo, 64, of 20 Kenwood Ave., Delmar; Sean P. Collins, 21, of 820 Washington Ave., Albany; Michael J. Barr, 25, of 10 Vine St., Albany; Jason L. Robinson, 30, of 308 Glenmont Road, Glenmont; Siobhan T. Burke, 28, of 1635 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady; Mickael Rice, 81, of 67 Nine Mile Lane, Delmar.
Also, Nicole M. Higgins, 27, of 342 State St., Albany; Kathleen O Brodus, 24, of 4 Old Niskayuna Road, Loudonville; David H. Jacobs, 26, of 23 Delaware Terrace, Albany; Marcus F. Scheer, 24, of 11 South Lake Ave., Albany; Christen J. Weykamp, 21, of 9 Bethwood Drive, Loudonville; Shelia A. Fitzgerald, 14, 308 of 4th Street, Troy; Collin J. Donnaruma, 31, of 2682 New Scotland Ave., Voorheesville; Catherine Rojas, 20, of 1400 Washington Ave., Albany; Marcus A. Harnichar, 20, of 334 Main St., Corinth; Robert G. Magee-othuse, 27, of 32 Van Schoick Ave., Albany; Arseniy Gutnik, 28, of 23 Malpin Street, Albany; Misha B. Sogut, 28, 441 State St., Albany; Elizabeth Gray, 26, of 11 Pinedale Ave., Delmar; Simon P. Tangney, 21, of 175 Jay St., Albany; Charles E. McCormick, 36, of 85 South Pine Ave., Albany.
Also, Angelica M. Clarke, 22, of 281 Quail St., Albany; David J. Baxley, 29, of 752 Myrtle Ave., Albany; Miralem Prijic, 23, 40 Braintree St., Albany; Russell D.S. Bridge, 40, of 16 Brevator St., Albany; Zachary M. Ryan, 22, of 2322 Broadway, Schenectady; Andrew J. Kenefick, 26, of 342 State St., Albany; Anthony A. Hadden, 19, of 13 State St., Schenectady; Eyad M. Alkurabi, 20, of 748 Carlton Road, Clifton Park; Daniel M. Morrissey, 24, of 98 Grand St., Albany; Dylan R. Boyce, 37, of 98 Grand St., Albany; Vincent P. Cuti, 19, of 160 Cuti Drive, Cairo; Courtney L. Butler, 41, of 55 Park Ave, Albany.
Also, Linda A. Letindre, 55, of 34 Greenfield Ave., Saratoga Springs; Jennifer L. Kotary, 24, of 989 Grand St., Albany; Bradley W. Russell, 39, of 690 Morris St., Albany; Charlene L. Lynch, 41, of 1313 Ivy Trail Chesapeake, Va.; Jessica L. Cavanaugh, 36, of 7 West St., Albany; Rose M. Gonzalez, 57, of 142 Lancaster St., Albany; and Gail A. Capobianco, 54, of 15 Kaatskill Way, Ballston Spa.
All subjects were issued appearance tickets for city court. District Attorney David Soares has said he will not prosecute the park protesters.
New York protest
In New York City, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators banged drums, cowbells and upturned frying pans Sunday in a noisy protest near the Manhattan town house of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The protesters said they were angered by Bloomberg’s decision to roust occupiers from their encampment downtown at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday as well as by arrests of journalists trying to cover the day’s events.
“I think Bloomberg has no respect for the First Amendment rights of New Yorkers,” said demonstrator Gayle Price, who carried a sign that had feathers glued to it and said, “Got tar?”
Protesters had hoped to drum in front of the billionaire mayor’s Upper East Side residence but police directed them to a pen nearby on the Central Park side of Fifth Avenue.
Some passers-by said they supported the protests against economic disparities that began in Manhattan two months ago and have spread to cities throughout the country.
“I’m all for it,” said Monica Strauss, who lives in the neighborhood. “I hope they develop a program that’s a little more coherent but I think it’s a start.”
In a bit of street theater, a woman pretending to be a Bloomberg staff member declared: “You have put the mayor under siege … You have reduced the mayor to acting like some sort of medieval warlord.” Protesters who believed that she did work for the mayor shouted: “Shame on Bloomberg.”
Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said protests outside the mayor’s home are “nothing new.” He added, “We work hard to guarantee that anyone can express their views in any area of the city, as long as they do it legally and do not infringe on the rights of others.”
More than 200 people were arrested when police cleared out Zuccotti Park on Tuesday and in protests later that day.
Protesters’ belongings including clothing, sleeping bags and electronic gear were taken to a city garage. Protesters have said that some of their property was thrown away.
State Sen. Eric Adams and civil rights lawyer Normal Siegel held a news conference at Zuccotti Park on Sunday to criticize the confiscation of protesters’ property and the arrests of journalists.
“No city agency has the authority to remove property from citizens without giving them receipts,” said Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat and a retired police captain.