Crews test Buffalo ball drop ahead of NYE celebration

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The annual ball drop at the Electric Tower gets bigger and better every year, and it benefits the Police Athletic League.

Thousands of people are expected in downtown Buffalo Monday night for this annual tradition.

Crews hoisted the ball to the top of the tower to test hundreds of special lights and the timing of the descent. It takes a minute and 14 seconds for the ball to drop.

As part of the 31st annual ball drop Monday night there will be performances by Tommy Z, the All Star band and saxophonist Will Holton.

Buffalo police say as always a public safety plan is in place for New Years eve to handle the large crowd and any potential problems.

“This gets planned out months in advance. We have several meetings with several partners, we work with our local and federal partners, we keep tabs on what goes on around the country, we try to plan for what we see in other parts of the country. We have a base plan that we work with and we tweak it based on prior years and what’s going on,” said Joseph Gramaglia, Buffalo Police Deputy Commissioner.

Free parking is available at the Main Place mall and fernbach ramps.

Police are encouraging people to take advantage of ride sharing services and the metro rail and bus service.

The show will kick off at 10 pm in downtown Buffalo on New Years eve and it will conclude with the Buffalo ball drop and fireworks at midnight.

Fortunately it is not going to be as cold outside Monday as it was last year.

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