|"Dave," Zuccotti Park, NYC|
The beautiful state parks here in the Finger Lakes charge admission and close at sundown. Ignore the rules and you'll get to meet the NYS Park Police. So, many of us Upstaters are puzzled as to how the "Wall Street protestors" in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park have been allowed to remain in the park, and on the nightly TV news, for what by this time seems to have been years.
Come to find out, Zuccotti park is actually private property. The owners of that park are granting permission to the squatters to stay as long as they like. And who are those forgiving real estate barons? A well connected gang of Wall Street tycoons who call themselves Brookfield Asset Management. Why would those top-hatted swells agree to let their exquisite urban refuge be overrun by unwashed anarchists who want them dead, one might wonder? Robert Johnson solves the mystery.
Coming on the heels of the Solyndra debacle, the Obama administration has just approved a $168.9 million loan guarantee for the Granite Reliable wind farm project owned by Brookfield Asset Management (BAM).
Among its many holdings BAM owns Brookfield Renewable Power, which owns the Granite Reliable and it also owns Brookfield Office Properties, whose holdings include the now famous Zuccotti Park.
As to why New York City's Democrat-friendly mayor says the mob needn't fear arrest, Johnson also has scoop.
Mayor Bloomberg's announcement Monday that protesters could remain as long as they liked, also raised a few eyebrows and it turns out he has a personal connection to Brookfield as well. The mayor's longtime domestic partner Diana Taylor is on the Board of Directors at Brookfield Properties along with John E. Zuccotti himself.Public Service Announcement:
If you're reading this on a mobile device in a New York State Park this afternoon, it's time to pack up and head out.
Dave's photo from New York Post.