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Press Releases > Mayor Brown Unveils New City Snow Fighting Equipment

Mayor Brown Unveils New City Snow Fighting Equipment

Nearly $1 million in new snow fighting tools will help make Buffalo even stronger when winter weather strikes

December 7, 2016 – Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for Streets and Sanitation Henry Jackson and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, conducted the annual inspection of Buffalo’s snow fighting fleet at the Department of Public Works Broadway Garage.

“My message to city residents and business owners is this:  Buffalo is ready for winter weather,” said Mayor Brown who was surrounded by new snow plows and other winter-combat equipment at the Broadway Garage. “Our snow fighting crew in the City of Buffalo does a great job preparing for any weather challenge that comes our way.  We have among the most effective and experienced professionals in the nation.  Our residents and businesses can feel confident in the abilities of our skilled professionals and the specialized equipment.”

The city’s snow-fighting crew consists of nearly 70 truck drivers, equipment operators and heavy equipment operators who will be called upon to help clear more than 800 miles of Buffalo roads when snow starts to accumulate. Purchased this year were 4 new plows and 1 high lift/plow and 2 tractors. The recently purchased snow fighting equipment increases the City of Buffalo’s total winter fleet to 80 pieces of equipment, for a total investment of $9 million since 2006.  Over 20 other additional pieces of equipment are available, if needed, from other divisions within the Department of Public Works.

The City of Buffalo also has approximately 9,000 tons of salt currently in stock, stored at the Broadway Garage and the Department’s Fuhrmann Boulevard site.