There's been a lot of talk lately about a "new normal," in regards to when the New York State PAUSE order is finally lifted and life can get back to some normalcy.

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According to WKBW, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced a proposal to continue using a "work from home" model, even after the PAUSE order is lifted.

It would be part of the city's proposal to reduce the carbon footprint by 40 percent.

“It could create a dynamic where fewer people would be coming to City Hall every week,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “There’d be less cars on the road, there’d be less energy usage for heat, for electric, there’d be less waste being created, less paper that would have to be recycled and for those that have been concerned about parking in downtown — more parking availability.”

It's still unclear exactly what jobs or how many government jobs will continue to work from home after the order is lifted but it appears everything is still on the table, as city and county officials try to determine the best course of action.

The University at Buffalo and SUNY have had discussions about the issue as well.

Any proposals and future plans would be be discussed with the common council, workers' unions and comptroller.

It would make sense we would see gradual reopenings, instead of everything going back to normal in one fell swoop.

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