I want to commend Brookfield Office Properties and the City of New York for postponing the scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park this morning. I strongly believe we can move forward on this issue without unnecessary conflict, and constructive dialogue is always preferable to precipitous action.
Yesterday I met with the Occupy Wall Street protestors and encouraged them to adopt a Good Neighbor Policy, which they subsequently approved, and it demonstrates their good faith desire to work with the community and ensure that the park remains safe, peaceful and open to public use. Last night, I also spoke with Richard Clark, CEO of Brookfield Properties, urging a peaceful solution.
This is an opportune moment for the City, Occupy Wall Street, the community and all interested stakeholders to come together and settle this issue amicably, so we can simultaneously protect first amendment freedoms, enforce the law and preserve the quality of life for residents of Lower Manhattan.
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