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Posted on: January 3, 2023

Mayor Brown Announces Buffalo Blizzard Study by New York University (NYU)

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown announced on December 31, 2022, the New York University’s Robert F.

Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner) will be studying the December 2022 Buffalo blizzard

and delivering an after-action report on the actions throughout the region to prepare for, respond to, and

recover from the storm.

“This storm was one of the strongest winter weather systems to ever hit a densely populated metropolis. With

climate change and increasingly strong weather systems,” Mayor Brown said, “We know this is not the last. I am

pleased to welcome NYU Wagner’s partnership with the City of Buffalo to analyze this winter weather event.”

NYU Wagner is one of the premiere higher education institutions for public policy in the nation. This combination

of dedication to public policy and being outside the region will bring a unique and necessary level of objectivity

to the review and report.

Dean Sherry Glied said, “The Wagner School and its Rudin Center for Transportation are pleased to partner with

the City of Buffalo to learn from the experience of the recent blizzard, so that Buffalo, and other cold weather

cities, can respond efficiently to the effects of increasingly intensive storm weather events on infrastructure and

essential services.”

The administration of Mayor Byron Brown is already conducting internal reviews of the city’s response, as well

as working with the team at NYU Wagner. The after-action report will include examinations of, but not limited

to, the Department of Public Works, Buffalo Police Department and law enforcement partners, Buffalo Fire

Department, Buffalo Sewer Authority and other governmental entities, as well as local utility companies.

Once the NYU Wagner analysis is completed - currently slated for the first quarter of 2023 - this report will also

demonstrate for other cold weather cities across the nation best practices for handling such storm systems.

The City of Buffalo is resolved to learn from this storm and offer recommendations for improvements in how we

respond to future winter snow storms. Further information will be released in the coming months and the final

report will be publicly available. If you have any other questions, please contact City of Buffalo Communications

Director Mike DeGeorge at (716) 341.9522.

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