From the balcony
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog arrived at City Hall for the second time as the last members of the full group were making their floor speeches and the votes were being tallied. Lacking a press pass and Zach’s good timing, your correspondent hiked upstairs to the balcony to find everyone in the administration who has anything to do with expansion arrayed on one side, and the war-weary Coalition to Preserve Community members sitting dejectedly on the other. “I’m waiting,” Senior Executive Vice President Robert Kasdin (pictured) said to a colleague before the final count was announced. “I’ve been waiting for five years.”
After the numbers were called and Speaker Christine Quinn reminded everyone that the holiday party would be starting in 15 minutes, security herded the crowd out of the balcony area. “Merry Christmas Robert Jackson! You just sold out Harlem!” a protester shouted. “You will never be mayor of New York City!” another followed up. Familiar strains of “Har-lem, not for sale!” trailed them weakly down the steps.
On the way out, Bwog was handed a press release with PrezBo’s response to the vote that had happened minutes before. “As a result,” it read, “not only will our universities continue to attract creative minds with the determination to advance knowledge in the service of humankind; they will remain a vibrant source of good, middle-income jobs for a diversity of people seeking to improve their lives there.”
A merrier Christmas to you, President Bollinger.