BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Protesters have been camped out in Niagara Square for months, all part of the nationwide "Occupy" movement.
The city granted the demonstrators a permit to set up their "tent city" - but that permit is set to expire at midnight.
Now, some city leaders say it is time for the camp to be taken down, and the square to be cleared out to make way for other upcoming events, including a winter festival planned to take place the weekend of February 11th.
Richard Fontana says "Niagara Square is not a place where people should be living, it's not a place to be occupied, it's a public square it should not be occupied by a public group."
The two sides will continue negotiating the future of the movement, that is taking a stand against what they say is a growing problem of corporate greed.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has publicly stated that Buffalo has been a role model in how to handle the demonstrators, however public outcry is becoming louder to make a change.