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City prepares for New Year's Eve

Temperatures will be in the 20s and the New Year in Buffalo will start under a blanket of snow for those who want to be outside the downtown Electric Tower at midnight.

For those who want to stay warmer or bring their families to First Night Buffalo, there's a family-friendly, drugs and alcohol-free event in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In anticipation of thousands in attendance, Mayor Brown says city law enforcement will be ready.

"We will have the Skywatch unit down here for the ball drop. Skywatch was previewed a few weeks ago on Chippewa," Brown said.

"It's an amazing technology that has been used in Times Square in New York City. So, as Skywatch is being used in Times Square in New York City, it will be used for this ball drop as well, to make sure all of the revelers are safe."

Mayor Brown says there will be increased police precautions across the city to make sure everyone has a safe entry to the new year.

The following streets in downtown Buffalo will be closed for the 25th Annual Buffalo Ball Drop and fireworks display:

·     Washington between E. Huron and Genesee – Monday 7 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     W. Huron southside between Pearl and Main – Monday 7 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     E. Huron southside between Main and Washington – Monday 10 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     W. Huron northside between Pearl and Main – Monday 10 a.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     Washington between E. Chippewa and E. Mohawk – Monday 2 p.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     E. Huron northside between Main and Genesee – Monday 4 p.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

·     Genesee between E. Huron and Ellicott – Monday 4 p.m. to Tuesday 8 a.m.

 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.