Two months of anti-Semitism, violence, rapes, public urination and defecation and pretty much the ugliest, most unseemly behavior New York has seen in some time didn’t make a dent with Michael Bloomberg. He blathered on endlessly about the First Amendment, as if that is meant to subject normal peopled to lewd behavior (oddly, he has contempt for the Second Amendment).
Through these two months he’s become perceived more widely as the feckless puke we’ve always known him to be. So what finally burst through to Bloomberg was the notion he was nothing more than another David Dinkins, the man who brough New York City to the brink. The he had to act.
Plus, now there was a scabies outbreak.
Mayor Bloomberg finally decided to wipe Zuccotti Park clean after learning about a rancid outbreak of scabies, lice and lung ailments among protesters — and most importantly because his reputation was taking a beating, insiders told The Post.
“He knew he was being perceived as being very weak,” said a source who was briefed on Bloomberg’s decision to finally break down the Occupy Wall Street encampment.
Hizzoner hit his breaking point after he was contrasted to the liberal mayors of Oakland and Denver — who quickly cracked down on OWS protesters — and critics compared his inaction to the failings of former Mayor David Dinkins.
And it was about to get worse.Bloomberg would have looked even weaker if he didn’t thwart an OWS threat to storm the New York Stock Exchange, a massive action that was planned for tomorrow, multiple sources said.
“His Wall Street friends wouldn’t stand for it,” one source said.
The OWS eviction was actually planned for weeks — but it was only on Sunday that Bloomberg finally decided to pull the trigger, during a secret meeting at Gracie Mansion with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Fire Commission Sal Cassano, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway and Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, sources said.
The decision was kept under wraps for more than 24 hours — even the cops called to assemble Monday night between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges were initially told it was for a drill.
A local radio report this morning said there were a few dozen stragglers left. The 99% they are not.
Only a few dozen protesters wrapped in ponchos were sitting in the park early Wednesday morning, chanting the occasional protest slogan as police looked on.
We’re expecting up to two inches of rain today, so combined with the cleansing effect of the power washers and mother nature, most of the garbage may finally be washed away.
Yet the animals are still talking tough, promising anarchy and planning to shut the subways down Thursday.
But for now at least, the folks who live around Zuccotti Park can breathe easier: