Occupy Efforts Costing Taxpayers

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 7:38 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 7:38 AM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Protesters in the Occupy Buffalo effort have been in Niagara Square for more than a week. It's all part of the national and global Occupy Wall Street effort for change.

Protesters here said things have been peaceful and they have support from the city. That is not the case in other cities where these protests are happening.

Although no arrests have been made locally, 19 people were arrested in New York City. More than 90 people were taken away in handcuffs in Washington D.C. The protesters were charged with disorderly conduct and violating the cities' curfews.

There are other issues that are concerning city officials across America. They said police and emergency crews to man the protesters are costing the taxpayers a lot of money because officers and EMS workers are getting overtime hours. They also worry that as the crews become more preoccupied with the protests, others in the community may not get the services they need.

Protesters locally and across the country said no matter the cost, they will not give up on the fight.

"There are so many people who are suffering, half of the people are living on the poverty line in buffalo and we're getting together to make some positive action for change," protester Jessie Lamprecht said.

People involved with this movement are fighting big business, the income gap and other social issues plaguing America. Locally, the protesters said they would continue the fight come rain, sleet and even the cold Buffalo winter, which is right around the corner.