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Gun rally caused $60K damage to Capitol lawn

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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— State officials say it will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair damage to the grass in a downtown Albany park where opponents of New York’s gun-control law held a large rally outside the Capitol.

Office of General Services spokeswoman Heather Groll says Tuesday that it will cost an estimated $60,000 to replace the grass in West Capitol Park, including $30,000 for materials and another $30,000 for labor.

More than 5,000 opponents of the state’s new gun-control law held a rally in the park on Feb. 28. Rain and sleet on the day of the rally helped turn the lawn into a muddy mess. Groll says repair work has begun and the area is blocked off. New sod is expected to be put down later this month.

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April 2, 2013
2:06 p.m.
cfield says...

How about the wall st protest, or anti frackers. Oh guess there turnouts were over reported. Good work liberal garbage Gazette.

April 2, 2013
2:14 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I will repair it for $30k and save the state 30K. What I will do is hire a local "non union" landscaper for 15K and put 15K profit in my pocket.

April 2, 2013
3:40 p.m.
jfiglio1 says...

Yes, yes, yes... We all know that gun enthusiasts are all the flower of humanity and would never intentionally do damage to public property nor leave debris and garbage strewn over the landscape. They are just the most polite and respectful of people because, after all, they expect the rest of us to be polite and respectful of them.

April 2, 2013
9:12 p.m.
dlittlecook says...

Well it isn't like the gun enthusiasts were trying to destroy the landscape, unlike the occupy Albany folks who staked their tents out throughout the winter months and had to be told to pick up their trash. Who paid to fix that mess? And I am sure there was no damage when the thousands of union members were bussed in from all over hell's creation. We didn't hear about that either, did we?

April 3, 2013
2:12 a.m.
dlombardo says...

I was on the lawn for the outdoor sportsmen rally and it got completely destroyed by the foot traffic on the wet ground. It was almost impossible for the land not to get damaged just by having thousands of people trudging over the vulnerable grass at that point.

There was nothing that a crowd of this magnitude could have done to prevent this damage, except not go on the dirt and grass.

As for the Occupy Albany movement, which included people raking up and taking care of their trash, it left almost no noticeable mark on the land. Additionally, they weren't there for the "winter months," as they got evicted a few days into winter and left.

April 3, 2013
9:51 a.m.
wmarincic says...

I seem to remember stories about the occupy people on the trash and the 10s of thousands of dollars for Police overtime. Lets not just look at Albany, it cost NYC millions of dollars in Police and the cleanup not to mention the lost business.

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