- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is casting some doubt on a potential proposal to close Times Squares’ pedestrian plazas.

Closing the plazas is one option being considered by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton as means to rid the popular tourist attraction of topless women and costumed characters who aggressively panhandle.

Cuomo said Friday in a TV interview that idea “would be problematic for a lot of people.”

The painted ladies’ presence has become a tabloid sensation in recent weeks.

De Blasio stressed Friday that there are numerous options being considered by a task force he convened to study the problem. Another would be to give the panhandling women a separate area.

The mayor has said he finds the topless woman “inappropriate.”


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