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David W Pratt
11-07-2011, 12:47 PM
Apparently a man, protesting something, is dangling by a rope from the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Mrleft8
11-07-2011, 12:51 PM
It probably is Joe protesting his latest banning.... :D

Canoez
11-07-2011, 12:54 PM
It probably is Joe protesting his latest banning.... :D

If it is, there will be pictures on Facebook shortly.

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 12:56 PM
Can Joe hold a camera at the same time as the rope?:)

Mrleft8
11-07-2011, 12:58 PM
Can Joe hold a camera at the same time as the rope?:)
Yes. He holds the rope with his tooth.

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 12:59 PM
Ahh...:)

Phillip Allen
11-07-2011, 01:00 PM
you guys are TRULY kind :)

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 01:03 PM
I just hope for his sake he didn't tie a granny knot. What do you think this guy could be protesting to go to this extreme?

George Jung
11-07-2011, 01:04 PM
It can't be Joe; if it was him, we'd have learned of this from his forum thread, complete with photos, video and running commentary - not from the news media.

hokiefan
11-07-2011, 01:08 PM
It can't be Joe; if it was him, we'd have learned of this from his forum thread, complete with photos, video and running commentary - not from the news media.

Except he's banned.

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 01:08 PM
I think he has been banned. But he does have a second. Maybe she is working.Hope dangling from a rope is not the excuse *to help her with grooming a few dogs.:) I'm out of here. Joe is probably gnashing his tooth by now and has dropped the ipod into the Hudson to boot...

Ian McColgin
11-07-2011, 01:10 PM
The guy has a sign that says "Rockland Executive Legislature Coverup Retaliation." No one knows what that means yet. Reported that he's also got a thermos that he's drinking from.

Ian McColgin
11-07-2011, 01:15 PM
Update: 12:58 p.m.: According to the Rockland County Executive's Office, the protestor, Michael Davitt, "was separated from County service in 2008 because he was no longer able to perform his essential job functions as a Substance Abuse Counselor 1. He subsequently applied for and received a disability retirement from New York State."

County spokesman Ron Levine said county officials do not know what Davitt's problem is with the county executive or the Legislature.

"This is certainly not the way you go about getting heard," Levine said. "We're totally taken aback that he decided to do this today. He put himself at risk and put all the emergency workers at risk."

Davitt, 54, was employed by the county's Department of Mental Health in Pomona from 1991 to 2008.

Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera said Davitt has been escorted off county property several times involving his one-man protests in New City. However, Barbera said those incidents did not lead to any arrests.

UPDATE 12:07 p.m.: The man hanging off the Tappan Zee Bridge is Michael Davitt, a Rockland County resident who has appeared at several county council meetings alleging that he had wrongfully lost his job with the county, according to Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik.

Davitt, of West Haverstraw, has for the past several years conducted one-man protests in front of the Rockland County Office Building in New City with a sign "Indict Vanderhoef" and has repeatedly spoken before sessions of the Rockland County Legislature. Kralik described Davitt's comments to the Legislature as "somewhat threatening" and related to the loss of his job at the county's health complex in Pomona.

He formerly worked for the Department of Mental Health. Davitt most recently spoke about EEOP issues at a county legislative meeting on March 1. Prior to that, he also spoke at the Feb. 15 and Jan. 18 sessions.

The grey-haired man, wearing tan pants and a white t-shirt, is hanging on a perch connected to what looks like a rope ladder.

11:00 a.m.: An apparent protester is hanging off the center of the Tappan Zee Bridge, tied off to a van that is stopped on the bridge.

State Police based in Tarrytown said the individual's actions have closed one lane. Traffic cameras on the bridge show south bound traffic slowed almost to a complete stop.

Emergency workers said the man apparently drove a van to the bridge, stopped and then jumped over the railing with a line tied off to the van. Emergency workers said the man is wearing a harness and appears to have some kind of sign.

Emergency crews are gathering below the bridge in Tarrytown to assess the situation. A sign that can be seen hanging from the man's perch makes reference to the Rockland County Legislature and the Rockland County Executive's Office.

Authorities have not released any other details; it is unclear who the protester is, or what he is protesting.

Mrleft8
11-07-2011, 01:29 PM
"Grey-haired man" pretty much rules out Joe..... If it said "Bald headed transvestite"..... :D

David W Pratt
11-07-2011, 01:29 PM
So, can they hook a tow truck to the van?

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 01:31 PM
Ian..makes sense. There is or are local elections Tuesday...Protesting a county, hence county *officials makes sense

Hwyl
11-07-2011, 01:40 PM
Levine said. "We're totally taken aback that he decided to do this today.

I'm sure Joe has been "taken aback" there too

CWSmith
11-07-2011, 01:40 PM
"makes sense" and "dangling by a rope from the Tappan Zee Bridge" are not phrases I can put together into the same sentence.

Mrleft8
11-07-2011, 01:43 PM
"makes sense" and "dangling by a rope from the Tappan Zee Bridge" are not phrases I can put together into the same sentence.
Consider the source.

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 01:44 PM
Protesting the day before an election day in Rockland makes sense. The methods he is using to protest doesn't unless you take into account he was a substance abuse counselor.

George Jung
11-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Maybe.

It depends on how big of a splash - or splat - he's trying to make.

S.V. Airlie
11-07-2011, 01:51 PM
I explained what I meant Doug as mentioning tomorrow's election in Rockland which does make sense.

Nicholas Carey
11-07-2011, 02:10 PM
Evidently he just took a dive into the drink and was picked up by a police boat. Now under arrest, natch.

Ian McColgin
11-07-2011, 03:46 PM
Yep, he's down. For some background story and vids, go to:
http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/219411/81/Dangling-bridge-protester-Michael-Davitt-falls-from-Tappan-Zee-Bridge-into-Hudson-River-below-now-in-police-custody