Residents living around Zuccotti Park and the Occupy Wall Street protests are adding some muscle to their complaints.
A group of politcians representing the area including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Coucilwoman Margaret Chin have written a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him to enforce the city's noise and sanitation laws.
Almost since the protests began on September 17th, residents have complained about quality of life issues including loud drumming throughout the day and public urination by protesters camped out in the park. Some business owners have also complained about metal barricades used to restrict protesters saying they also restrict the movement of paying customers.
Protesters say they are addressing many of the issues. Security team member Paul Issac told PIX 11 News they are warning protesters to obey the law.
"We have worked to remove bad people from the park. We have on occasion also called in the NYPD," Issac told PIX11 News. "We have a relationship with them, contacts, but because of the transient nature it's hard. Not impossible but hard."
Issac also spoke of the charges of public urination saying, "That's a problem that could be eliminated if the city would allow us to have Porta Potties. If this were a concert the city would provide them."
Reminded that the protest is not a concert, Issac said he's not asking the city to provide the bathrooms just the permits. He says like everything else "people have said they would donate them to the movement."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun