Thursday, December 25, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 


Some Businesses Prepare to Close for Staten Island 'We Will Not Go Back' March

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Some Businesses Prepare to Close for Staten Island 'We Will Not Go Back' March
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

With Reverend Al Sharpton's "We Will Not Go Back" march against police brutality approaching, many north shore businesses are preparing to close as a precaution.

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce sent a flier to dozens of merchants this week warning them: "There is no guarantee everyone in attendance will act sensibly."

Many business owners are taking the information seriously and will close shop on Saturday.

Despite the reaction, the Chamber of Commerce says the letter wasn't meant to scare business owners or discourage them from staying open.

"That's what we do at the chamber. We provide information to local businesses so, because there's going to be such a large assembly of people, we wanted to make sure people were aware of it," said Staten Island Chamber of Commerce President Linda Baran.

"I'm hearing that they're going to protesting and coming down the I'm just going to close the store all day and take my chances," said Joseph Fiore, owner of Bagel Mercato.

"I don't understand why it has to be taken as a fear or a negative, you know. People are protesting. They're marching. This happens all the time," said North Shore Business Association President Bobby Diggi.

The march is expected to bring in about 15,000 people to the Island. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP