Occupy Wall Street: But what's next?
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One month after Occupy Wall Street began, anxiety builds for observers eager to predict what comes next.
On this sunny Sunday, after a night highlighted by marches and some arrests, the place had the feel of a flea market for leftish causes, but also a sleep-in, teach-in, tourist stop, song fest. Defying exact direction may be the point.
Hipster haven? Not entirely. Andrew Potvin, 59, from Willimantic, Conn., runs a small family business. He focused on the U.S. Supreme Court equating the rights of business corporations with those of private citizens, in the Citizens United case. "Our whole legal-political system is based on legal bribery," he said.
Participant Jon Savoy, 29, of Brooklyn, a shipping clerk, was wearing a tie. He said, "I was raised to believe that everyone had a voice that counted, but right now the only voice that counts has money behind it." Jordan Topf, a Brooklyn musician, held a sign that said: "I miss the American dream." He was there with friend Zach Walter -- who insisted he wouldn't be there if he didn't love America.
PAC BACKING: A political committee bankrolled by Nassau tax-appeal businesses has parceled out more than $130,000 this year to partisan funds and candidates, including $12,500 to County Executive Edward Mangano, recent state filings show.
The treasurer of the Committee for Fair Property Taxes, Paola Orsini, heads Re-Assessment & Evaluation Systems Inc. She is also one of the four unpaid members of Mangano's Residential Assessment Reform Team. A second team member, tax-appeals attorney Shalom Maidenbaum, and his tax-reduction firm, contributed $27,000 in April to this property-tax PAC, which received its biggest individual infusions from Sean Acosta ($35,000) of Property Tax Reduction Consultants, and tax lawyer Fred Perry ($35,000).
"We support candidates who we believe want to be part of the solution, as opposed to part of the problem," Orsini said Friday.
The biggest recipient was a North Valley Stream Republican fund, which got $90,000. Contributions of several thousands dollars went to Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and her GOP ticket mates, State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Comptroller George Maragos, a handful of Republican legislative candidates, and one Democrat -- Legis. Kevan Abrahams of Hempstead, whose campaign received $10,000.