Struggling economy affecting local New Year's partiesPosted: Updated:
As many people get ready to say goodbye to 2008, preparations are under way in White Plains for its New Year?s celebration.
With the country in a recession, White Plains is certainly feeling the pinch. City Mayor Joseph Delfino says the celebration usually costs about $65,000, but this year?s budget allowed only $12,000 for the party. Thus, the annual celebration almost had to be scaled down, but contributions from local businesses ensured the festivities would continue in normal fashion. In fact, more people than usual are expected to attend this year?s celebration.
As many as 30,000 people are expected this year at the city?s annual festivities. Revelers should expect live music in the streets, fireworks at midnight and a ball drop on the corner of Renaissance Square and Main Street.
Even with contributions, the city is still trying to save money. Therefore, noisemakers and hats won?t be given out this year, which saves the city about $5,000. Attendees will have to bring their own from home.
The 250-pound ball, which will drop at the stroke of midnight, is made up of 10,000 bulbs.
Officials say those who want to celebrate should arrive several hours early. They also say people should expect crowds.