Occupy Wall Street: But what's next?

Zeke Winitsky, 10, of Maplewood, N.J. is handed

Zeke Winitsky, 10, of Maplewood, N.J. is handed his shirt after it was spray painted with an Occupy Wall Street stencil at Zuccotti Park.(Oct. 16, 2011) (Credit: Charles Eckert)

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One month after Occupy Wall Street began, anxiety builds for observers eager to predict what comes next.

Even attorney Norman Siegel, a seasoned veteran of New York demonstrations, looked around Zuccotti Park Sunday and wondered aloud about the logistics of how it will all progress.

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.

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