OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Today is the first day of Occupy Albany, taking place in a state/city park just north of the Capitol building.

A few hundred people are in the park now, doing their first General Assembly. Some have planned to sleep over (in violation of an 11 p.m. curfew), which seemed to be OK with Albany Mayor Gerry Jennings.

Here's what he said this morning, on his weekly radio call-in show in WGDJ:

I told my (police) chief, "Do what you have to do, don't violate First Amendment rights, but maintain safety." I said to my chief, "Use your judgment. ... We don't make a lot of arrests for people that sleep in the park, and I don't anticipate a lot here either."
That was this morning, by the afternoon a call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top staffer had made the mayor less live-and-let-live.

Details, below.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

First, a necessary detail -- the western half of the block-long-block-wide park is Lafayette Park, owned by the state. The eastern half is Academy Park, owned by the city.

According to Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union (above link), Cuomo acted quickly to nip the Occupy protest in the bud.

As protesters gathered during the day, and were visible and audible from the Capitol:

A person familiar with Albany's plans to react to the rally said Cuomo's secretary, Larry S. Schwartz, called Jennings Friday morning and said that State Police, who control half of the park that is owned by the state of New York and the city of Albany, would remove any protesters who did not comply with a curfew. The position of the governor's office was in contrast to an earlier plan by Albany police to leave the protesters alone if they were peaceful, even if they stayed overnight.
Jennings, a Cuomo ally, changed his tune after that:
Late Friday afternoon the mayor said he had directed city police Chief Steven Krokoff to enforce the curfew, which could include physically removing and arresting protesters if necessary.

"What I told Steve is enforce the law," Jennings said. "We have a curfew. I expect it to be enforced. We don't expect a lot of issues."

I don't know how many people planned to sleep over, but I guess it's nowhere near the whole 300 or so who are there now. They could easily fit their tents and sleeping bags in Academy Park so it would not be a state issue.

Now, thanks to Cuomo, they will be rousted and may end up sleeping in a holding cell tonight.

Aside from his control-freak personality and hyper-sensitivity to criticism, Cuomo has political reasons to essentially oppose the Occupy movement.

In his first budget this year, Cuomo chose to force austerity on state workers and localities and school districts who depend on state aid, while adamantly refusing to consider extending a modest income tax increase on millionaires.

That is not something Occupy protesters, and a vast majority of the 99 percent in NY, agree with.

Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol, and some turned their dissatisfaction toward Governor Cuomo's stance against renewing a tax on millionaires.

The 100 or so protesters gathered in the city park near the Capitol had various concerns; clean energy, jobs, and for some, Governor Andrew Cuomo's opposition to renewing an income tax surcharge on millionaires, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

Joe Seeman, who brought his eleven year old son along to experience the gathering, says the governor should change his mind.

"Governor Cuomo needs to ask himself does he want to get re-elected," said Seeman. "We want the millionaires to be taxed instead of cutting back on teachers."

Cuomo probably did not appreciate the OWS rally Tuesday at a NYC event where he got a "game changer" award from Huffington Post -- well-known because of Naomi Wolf's BS arrest -- that focused on his refusal to support extending the millionaires tax.

We'll know how this plays out in a few hours, but one thing we know already -- Cuomo is more an advocate for the 1 percent than a friend of the 99 percent.

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.