Councilman Wants to Gift Thousands to Occupy Wall Street

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Occupy Wall Street activists protest in Duarte Square after police removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters, who rallied against inequality in America, have slept in tents and under tarps since September 17 in Zuccotti Park, which has since become the epicenter of the global Occupy movement. The raid in New York City follows recent similar moves in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2011 Getty Images

New York City politician Ydanis Rodriguez, who was roughed up and arrested during the NYPD raid on Zuccotti Park, has requested permission from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to donate his latest $5,000 leadership stipend to Occupy Wall Street, which he calls "the best thing to have happened in our city for the last couple of decades." Although the group's prominence has faded some, demonstrators say their war chest still contains over $200,000, and so they're looking to hire an accountant