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Lawsuit Over OWS Library Damages Filed

By Harriet Staff

According to this post in the NY Times City Room blog,

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement filed a claim on behalf of the group Thursday that the city had damaged or destroyed $47,000 worth of books and other property while clearing its protest site at Zuccotti Park last fall. The notice of claim, filed with the comptroller’s office, is a preliminary step toward lodging a civil lawsuit.

As for the value of the damaged goods, and the process itself:

The claim put the value of the lost books at $43,000 and estimated the value of furnishings that were not recovered at $4,000. The lawyers wrote that the value of the damaged computers and communications equipment had not yet been determined.

“We’re going to see if we can amicably resolve this,” Norman Siegel, one of the lawyers involved in filing the claim, said on Thursday. “If not our intention would be to go to court.”

A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, Julie Wood, said, “We invited members of the Occupy Wall Street group to file these kinds of claims back in November. Like any other claim, it will go through the normal process.”

Read the rest after the jump, and thank you Melville House for the tip.

Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.