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Buffalo ball drop expected to be especially busy this year

Mayor Byron Brown is encouraging people attending to use public transportation or ride-sharing services.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The City of Buffalo is anticipating a busier New Year's Eve Celebration this year. Milder temperatures are expected this year. There will also be a Sabres game that evening.

"When the weather is milder, when it’s warmer, we expect thousands of more people to come to the ball drop and fireworks display," Mayor Byron Brown told 2 On Your Side's Karys Belger.

Mayor Brown says his office has been coordinating with various departments in the city to finalize plans for the ball drop at the Electric Tower.

"The Buffalo Police Department, Fire Department Public Works Department," he said.

"But there could literally be tens of thousands of people in downtown Buffalo."

Measures have already been taken to accommodate the people making their way into the city for New Year’s Eve, but Mayor Brown is hoping people will do their part to cut down on congestion by using alternative forms of transportation.

Mayor Brown is encouraging people to use the metro rail or ride-sharing services if they plan to go downtown on New Year's Eve.

This will be the 32nd year for an event that raises money for the Police Athletic League. The event will feature performances from Tommy Z and the All Star Band and saxophonist Will Holton starting at 10 p.m.

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