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Police step up patrols downtown for New Year's Eve

Revelers visiting downtown Sunday night for New Year's events can expect to see more police officers patrolling, especially around the entertainment district.

"Every year we work not only with the state, but with our federal partners, who are monitoring the events,"  Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said during a security briefing Saturday in City Hall. "We're confident that we have enough resources for the events to proceed safely."

With temperatures expected to plunge below zero early Monday (which would set a record, according to  the National Weather Service), Rinaldo urged attendees to dress appropriately.

Rinaldo also suggested the First Night Buffalo family event inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center as an alternative.

"There's lot's of stuff to do for younger kids, and it's indoors," said Rinaldo. "The Ball Drop and Fireworks event is only an hours and a half outdoors. It's a great view for blocks around."

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