Occupy Buffalo Heads to Albany

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Occupy Buffalo sight in Niagara Square was a bit quieter than it has been in the passed few months as protesters take to the road.

"Taking 100 to Albany to coordinate with other state Occupys. We'll be having lunch and sharing ideas, as well as bringing our petitions to continue the Millionaire's Tax," protester John Washington said.

The group collected signatures of those supporting extension of the tax, locally and across New York. Now, they hope the Legislators will listen.

"We have to at least make our voice heard any way we can, I guess," Curt Rotterdam said.

Protester Mocha Garcia said it's about uniting forces.

"Talk about how we should get everybody as one, get people jobs, stop downsizing libraries, taking away education," Garcia said.

This trip all comes after a few rough and violent days at occupy protests in New York City and across the country. Here in Buffalo, protesters said it's a different story.

"In Buffalo, things are going great. In other cities, no so much," Rotterdan said.

Washington said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the police force have been nothing but supportive.

"Mayor Brown has been cooperative and the police have been supportive. Now we feel it is our duty because we don't have the pressure to continue to push forward because we don't have to rebuild every night like other cities," Washington said.

Although the protests are peaceful in the Queen City, Mother Nature may not be as kind. Demonstrators said they are ready for the cold and snow even in the wind tunnel called Niagara Square.

"We're weatherizing right now with the tarps. We hope to get a generator and dome," Garcia said.