Gas-drilling protesters will march from the park—located across the street from the state Capitol—to Albany City Hall at 4:30 p.m. to speak out against Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings’ veto of a ban on hydrofracking within city limits. (It’s a short march; the park also sits directly across the street from City Hall.)
Albany Police have yet to kick anyone out of the park after the 11 p.m. curfew, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that the state would “enforce the law” and evict anyone staying in the state-owned portion. (The park is split in two by an invisible line, with half owned by the city and half by the state.)
That led to an apparent rift between Cuomo and Jennings, his long-time supporter. Cuomo has increasingly become the target of the Occupy Albany protest, with about 100 demonstrators airing their grievances in the Capitol’s War Room yesterday, steps away from the governor’s office.
It’s not clear if the hydrofracking march is officially being endorsed by the leaderless Occupy Albany movement as a whole, or if only certain members are planning on participating. The press release was sent out by the Albany branch of Frack Action, an Ulster County-based anti-hydrofracking group.