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PRESS ADVISORY
Contacts: Judy Ross 917-405-1544
Barbara Ross 917-494-8164

TIME'S UP! EXPOSES WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON EXCESSIVE POLICE RESPONSE TO CRITICAL MASS

Details of Press Conference:
When: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 10:30 AM **Rain or Shine**
Where: steps of City Hall, Manhattan
**Video footage showing excessive expenditures on past Critical Mass rides will be available.**

Participants:
Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Komanoff, Economist
Marquez Claxton, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care
Mark Taylor, Assemble for Rights NYC
Judy Ross, Time’s Up!

New York, NY (November 15, 2006)- - Since September 2004, the Bloomberg administration and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office have spent at least $1,320,000 harassing law-abiding cyclists on Critical Mass bike rides. The costs analysis covering the period from 9/2004 through 8/2006 was prepared by Economist Charles Komanoff and Time’s Up! to inform New York taxpayers of the monies spent by the City and State to suppress the monthly rides. New parade permit rules announced by the NYPD will add further to the expenditure of tax dollars on police actions against Critical Mass as well as other gatherings of 10 or more cyclists, motorists or pedestrians.

The $1,320,000 figure is a very conservative estimate of what has been spent by the NYPD, Manhattan District Attorney and NYC Corporation Counsel to suppress and litigate a bicycle ride that lasts 2 hours a month. Time’s Up! calls on NYC Comptroller, William Thompson, to verify its calculations of these expenditures of taxpayer dollars.

“The use of helicopters, scooters, paddy wagons, cars and hundreds of NYPD personnel is simply overkill and contributes to the unnecessary hostile climate fostered by the NYPD toward Critical Mass bike rides,” said noted civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who has represented Critical Mass riders. "The goal should be to create an alternative climate that respects the rights of New Yorkers to ride their bicycles freely and simultaneously be respectful of NY traffic rules and regulations.”

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