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Local residents and law enforcement preparing for New Year's Eve celebrations

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – Whether they are organizing a party or going to one, many people in the Southern Tier were shopping for last minute items at Party City in Johnson City.

“Hats, confetti, you know anything that's bright, flashy, makes a lot of sound," said Binghamton resident Tom Barker.

With a wide selection to choose from, employees at Party City were more than helpful.

"Always buy balloons because balloons are always a must for fun, and confetti cannons are always fun to and wall decorations are a must too," said Party City employee Hannah Bosman.

But residents in the Southern Tier aren't the only ones getting ready for the big night.

Local police are also preparing to keep local party-goers safe. They are teaming up with Broome County Stop DWI to help make sure no drunk drivers are on the street.

“We work with local law enforcement to put extra patrols out. People will see checkpoints on New Years Eve. You'll see increased patrols," said Broome County Stop DWI Coordinator Chris Marion.

While officers are focused on safety, residents are looking forward to the year ahead.

"Setting goals, ambitions, and being able to embrace the past but look into the future," said Unadilla resident Gerry Raymonda. 

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