"Occupy Buffalo" and City of Buffalo Working Together

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The tension was mounting Tuesday morning for Occupy Buffalo protesters after the City of Buffalo gave them a deadline of 7 a.m. to move from the lawn area to the sidewalk in Niagara Square.

"We're willing to do whatever it takes to take a stand. Whether it's a piece of grass in the city or outside of the city. It's our land and that's how we feel about it," Protester Matt Richardson said.

Protester Nick Amato agrees.

"Want not see change, we want to see something happen," Amato said.

Sgt. Christopher Simmance is also a protester who said they're not going anywhere.

"We're out here for as long as it's going to take to help the 99 percent of Americans being affected by this," Simmance said.

The deadline came and went. Protesters were not asked to leave, and no arrests were made. In fact, an official with the City Parks Department came to the square to talk to the group, hoping to work something out.

"They want to work with us, and we want to work with them...but we want to make sure everything is safe," Protester and Peaceful Resolution Advocate Victoria Ross said.

Then, the group reapplied for a permit to be on the grassy areas. The city said they would review their request. This is the group's second permit, the other expired over the weekend.

Even with a permit there are some city ordinances that the protesters have to follow such as no camping on the lawn. This has protesters concerned.

"We have constitutional rights to do this and be here. It's a public space, and our taxes pay for it, so saying a city ordinance says we can't camp here infringes on those rights," protester Shirah Minkoff said.

Although both sides want to go about this protest peacefully and orderly, protesters said they are willing to fight for constitutional rights and pay the consequences.

"Some of us are so fed up that we will sit here peacefully in protest and be removed if we have to," protester Marcus Marraro said.

They said the cooperation with the city would be tested as the weeks of protest continue.