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Clock tower bell at Old County Hall to ring for first time in three decades
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BUFFALO, NY – Restorations to the 140-year-old clock tower of Old Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo will be marked Thursday night when the bell rings in New Year's Eve for the first time in nearly 30 years.

"The restoration of Old County Hall helped to restore the glory of a beautiful public building that has been at the center of life in Erie County for nearly 150 years," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz in a statement released Thursday. "The ringing of the clock tower bell tonight will help signify the vision and hard work of our forefathers. The investment made in restoring the building embraces their vision and has helped to return this historical and iconic structure to its rightful place of prominence in our community."

The clock tower bell will ring at midnight to ring in the new year and then rings once an hour thereafter as county officials put the finishing touches of the renovations at Old County Hall.

Now in working order as part of a $3.4 million restoration project that began in 2012, the clock tower been totally refurbished and is now functional for the first time in years, complete with a lighted face and computer-assisted timekeeping mechanism.

The building itself dates to 1875.


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