I live in the Town of New Paltz, which encircles and encloses the Village of New Paltz. In the Village there is a lovely park, called Hasbrouck Park, that has a baseball diamond, excellent playground, and pretty gazebo.
The park had been "occupied" for several months, with sexual assault, garbage, drumming circles, and the usual silliness.
At the beginning, the Mayor of the Village of New Paltz supported the Occupiers, giving them a free electric hookup from Village Hall across the street. The Mayor, named Jason West, became somewhat famous several years ago when he "married" a host of gay couples in New Paltz in contravention of NY State law at that time. Mayor West is an enthusiastic Occupier, having participated in the Wall Street games as well.
Several times, the Village Board has expressed their great joy at having a local Occupy movement, and encouraged citizens to visit and bring soup, or stay overnight and get some learnin' from the youthful enthusiasts.
However, the joy was not shared by St. Joseph's Church, also seen in the satellite image, which has some very nice toilet facilities in their Parish Center which have been soiled by the homeless and grubby tent-dwellers.
Nor has the love been felt by parents afraid to take their little tykes to the park to play at the playground -- the stench, garbage, and crime are troubling to anyone with a brain.
This past week, even Mayor West had had enough. The police evicted the last tents from the park the other day.
West declared, "It is my personal opinion that the Village Board has bent over backwards in every possible way for you, and at every turn you backed us into a corner. I went to the Park six times last week, and not once did I see another human being from the Occupy movement. I saw no political action, no workshops, no speeches. But what I did see were parents who told me they were frightened to have their children play at the park, some of whom said that they wanted their children to learn more about the movement, but that people there just slept in their tents all day. This is not a movement, but has become camping out in a public park."
Wouldn't you agree that the children who saw the "movement" learned plenty about it from what they saw?
I can't stop chortling to myself. Common sense wins out. Even in New Paltz...