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Zack Seward

Supporters of the Occupy movement in Rochester say they're gearing up for another season of activity even if they're not moving back into Washington Square Park except for periodic daytime rallies and meetings.

Shirley Thompson, an active member of the Occupy Rochester assembly, says there are many issues that still remain as they continue to challenge those at the top of the economic and political pyramid.

Occupy Rochester has lost the latest round of its legal battle to remain in Washington Square Park around the clock. State Supreme Court justice Evelyn Frazee ruled today that the group will have to vacate the south end of the park, where it's been encamped since October. It's the last full-time Occupy protest in New York state.

There's no word yet on how quickly Occupy members will have to take down their tents. City officials have argued they need to repair damage to the park and make it available for other uses this spring.

Judge Reserves Decision on Occupation of Park

Mar 22, 2012

A judge has reserved decision on whether Occupy Rochester members must leave Washington Square Park.

Attorneys for both the group and the city were in court on Wednesday.

The city wants them out, and Mayor Tom Richards says the park was not designed for camping.

Attorneys for Occupy Rochester claim they've demonstrated "substantial compliance" with a contract they reached with the city last fall.

Jundge Eveyln Frazee will issue a decision on the matter at a later date.

Zack Seward/WXXI

28 Occupy Rochester protesters return to court Wednesday to face charges they violated a night time curfew at Washington Square park.

The protesters were arrested before reaching an agreement with Rochester Mayor Tom Richards allowing them to camp in the park overnight.

WXXI's Alex Crichton spoke with protester Brian Lenzo during Wednesday's Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370. Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

UPDATE: The judge reserved decision in the case setting the next court date for January 12.