Tappan Zee Bridge Dangler Disrupts Legislature Meeting

Michael Davitt was kicked out of the meeting but not arrested.

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    A daring demonstration on the Tappan Zee Bridge ended with a splash, when 54-year-old Michael Davitt sat for three hours to protest his being let go from a Rockland County job. John Noel reports. (Published Monday, Nov. 7, 2011)

    The man who dangled from the Tappan Zee bridge for hours last week briefly disrupted a county legislature meeting and was ordered out, a New York sheriff said Wednesday.     

    Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik says 54-year-old Michael Davitt became loud and boisterous Tuesday night, complaining about when it would be his turn to speak.     

    Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge

    [NY] Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge
    Chopper 4 captured this video of a protester hanging from the Tappan Zee bridge on a rope ladder with a sign about government "cover up." (Published Monday, Nov. 7, 2011)

    The sheriff says a deputy told Davitt he would have to leave, and Davitt did. He was not arrested.     

    Davitt staged a three-hour protest Nov. 7, climbing down a rope ladder beneath the bridge. He positioned himself on top of a 24-foot banner that read in part: Rockland Executive Legislature Coverup Retaliation.

    He was charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and other crimes and is due in court Thursday. There is no attorney of record.   

    County officials were familiar with Davitt, who has complained for years that he was wrongly fired from his county job.