Updated 11/17/2011 09:00 AM
Occupy movement reaches two month milestone
It's a "Day of Action" in Albany to mark two months since the Occupy movement began in New York City. Busloads of people from across the state are expected to join the protesters who have camped out downtown for nearly three weeks now. "Occupiers" our CJ Spang spoke with say their movement is growing by the day.
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For two months, protestors in the Occupy movement have made their presence known around the world.
In New York City, protestors have been evicted from Zuccotti Park and can no longer stay overnight. In Albany, that's not the case and protestors seem confident in the movement.
"I think it's just as strong as it ever was and it's getting stronger in that there's more people paying attention, there's more people that are actually doing it in different parts of the world," said Jag Logan, protestor.
"I feel like it's stronger. I feel like people at home are really dedicated to it. And there's a lot of hope still and it's going to keep going," said Drea, another protestor.
But the decision by city officials to allow Albany protestors to remain overnight in Academy Park has pitted them against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is making sure the curfew is enforced in the adjacent state owned Lafayette Park. More than 60 arrests have been made since Saturday, September 12th.
"I understand the District Attorney's position here. It's less than ideal but I understand it and we'll continue to monitor the situation here."
State police said they have pulled troopers from other areas to maintain order at Occupy Albany, but they said it hasn't diminished the services to those areas.
Going forward, Governor Cuomo said state police will continue arresting trespassers here at Lafayette Park.
"If they're going to make a ridiculous rule that we can't, like put a curfew on the park, then I'm going to go ahead and break it. Because a law is not a just and good law, it's almost my duty to break that law," said Logan.
Governor Cuomo wouldn't comment about possibly appointing a special prosecutor to enforce the curfew in Albany, but he said he supports local decisions relating to the Occupy protestors.