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Due To The 4th of July Holiday City Hall Will Be Closed Friday, July 3, 2015
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Mayor Brown Announces Key Paving Project Near UB South Campus In Buffalo
July 2, 2015 - Hard hit stretch of Main Street is included in the $9 million citywide paving program for 2015; city crews are on target to meet Mayor’s commitment to pave 75 residential streets
Mayor Byron W. Brown and other partners in government gathered along a stretch of Main Street, hard hit during the winter months, for the official kick-off to the city’s annual paving program. Work is now underway on Main Street, between Bailey Avenue and Kenmore Avenue near UB South Campus, as part of the city’s $9 million citywide paving program. City crews continue to make progress on nearly a half dozen other major roadway construction projects.
“As we continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo where economic growth continues, we will continue to invest in infrastructure citywide,” said Mayor Brown. “Today, I announced that a stretch of Main Street near the UB South Campus, heavily damaged during the harsh winter, was included in our $9 million citywide paving program. Work is now underway. I thank my partners in government for helping us secure funding for this and other significant infrastructure projects.”
The $9 million earmarked for the city’s annual paving program is distributed equally among council districts. After a harsh winter, the paving program was modified slightly to address much-needed resurfacing, like the Main Street area near UB South Campus, to ensure roads are even safer for city residents and visitors in Buffalo.
“Through collaborative efforts, federal highway funding, combined with a solid commitment from Mayor Brown to help rebuild Buffalo’s infrastructure, we are putting people to work and creating real progress throughout the City,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “Ongoing Buffalo road projects alone are underway today thanks to more than $30 million in federal dollars.”
“The City of Buffalo and the New York State Department of Transportation continue to collaborate on efforts to improve Buffalo’s infrastructure - together,” said State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) provides essential resources to municipalities throughout the state. With economic growth continuing in Buffalo, we need to ensure that residents, tourists, employees, and students have faith in the city’s infrastructure. In Buffalo, winters can damage the roadways we rely on and it is important to keep them safe and maintained during the warmer months.” Read More...
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo Sponsor Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
July 1, 2015 - Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City of Buffalo will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park – near the Museum of Science.
On Household Hazardous Waste Day, the Department of Public Works will collect a number of every day household items which are no longer in use by residents and should not be thrown away with regular garbage or in curbside recycling carts.
Some of the items accepted include pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners, oil-based paints, spray cans, paint thinner, stripper and solvents, batteries, oil, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze, tires, electronic waste and fluorescent light bulbs. A more detailed list of acceptable and unacceptable items is attached.
"This is a safe, smart, and free way of disposing of materials that could be hazardous to residents, and we encourage people to start saving these items now and drop them off to us on July 11th" said Mayor Brown.
Buffalo residents should be aware that the Department of Public Works Engineering Garage will be closed the first Saturday of the month in July because of the holiday.
All items will be disposed or recycled in a responsible and environmentally safe manner. For more information, please call 311 or 851-4890.
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2015 Summer Pool Schedule - Click here to view Pool Schedule and Pool Information
July 1, 2015 - Buffalo's outdoor pools opened Wednesday for the summer
Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Andrew Rabb were joined by dozens of city children, who helped them celebrate the official start to the city’s summer pool season with a ceremonial jump into Riverside Pool in Buffalo this morning.
“We are constantly working to make our city an even greater place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Brown. “With 8 outdoor pools, 2 wading pools and 11 splash pads, Buffalo’s facilities provide a great respite for those who love the water and continue my administration’s focus on the health and wellness of our citizens by keeping them physically active during the hot summer months.”
ALL city pools opened on July First and will remain open from 11am-7pm for the duration of the summer season through Labor Day, weather permitting. All city splash pads are also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except at Cazenovia. The Cazenovia Splash Pad is currently under construction and is expected to reopen, weather depending, by the end of July. Read More...
Mayor Brown Launches a Design Contest in Buffalo
June 26, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by representatives from IBM and LAMAR Advertising, launched an open design contest for graphic artists, design teams and students to develop a logo that will identify the advertising campaign that will help foster, cultivate and preserve the culture of diversity, inclusion, fairness and equality in Buffalo. The logo competition seeks a visual identity for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, which Mayor Brown announced during his State of the City address in February. The City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge is an important component of Mayor Brown’s collaborative effort to celebrate the diversity of the city of Buffalo, and to ensure that all city residents and businesses benefit from the city’s rising prosperity.
“We are seeking ideas from Buffalo residents, artists, graphic designers, students and the general public to come up with a creative, innovative and professional logo design to illustrate the concept behind the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge,” said Mayor Brown. “The logo should be recognizable and distinct, a symbol of the city’s values, and a reflection of the growth and opportunity that we are experiencing throughout Buffalo. By fostering a citywide mindset that embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and strengths, we move toward realizing our potential. This logo design contest is a tremendous opportunity to join a community-wide initiative that is moving Buffalo toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents. I thank IBM and Lamar Advertising for their valuable contributions to our City, for being among the first businesses to take and promote the Opportunity Pledge, and for the generous awards they have offered for the winners of this design contest.”
Jay Goodwyn, IBM Buffalo Innovation Center (IBIC), Executive Director, stated, “ IBM‘s enduring commitment to diversity is one of the reasons we can credibly say that IBM is one of the world‘s leading globally integrated enterprises. IBM enthusiastically supports Mayor Brown’s opportunity pledge. We live by the values of diversity and inclusion every day at IBM, where diversity it is a core belief and a key ingredient that enables us to be successful as a company. We are very pleased to be part of Mayor Brown’s diversity initiative and proud to be here today in support of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge. Beth Stubbe, IBM’s Talent Development Manager, and I have both signed the pledge and encouraged others at the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center to do the same.”. Read More....
Mayor Brown Names New Director Of The Buffalo employment and Training Center
June 23, 2015 - Demone Smith to lead efforts to provide career training for city and county residents, meet workforce needs of local employers
Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the appointment of Demone Smith as the director of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) – the agency responsible for workforce development initiatives responsive to the needs of City of Buffalo and Erie County employers and job seekers. This appointment will be effective upon Smith’s resignation from the Buffalo Common Council on Friday, June 26, 2015.
“Demone Smith is a seasoned professional and his 15 plus years of experience working with all levels of government, community members, organizations and city residents will play a key role in forming new partnerships that will further ensure Buffalo’s workforce system meets the needs of our growing economy,” said Mayor Brown.
As executive director, Smith will oversee all aspects of BETC’s workforce development, training and placement system, a critically important position to the City of Buffalo’s overall economic development and job growth plan for Buffalo’s future as a desirable and competitive place to live, work, invest and visit. With over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, which is expected to create over 12,000 jobs, Smith is responsible for the oversight of the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) that brings together a variety of workforce development organizations and partner agencies with a primary goal of working to prepare today’s new workforce in Buffalo for tomorrow’s employment opportunities.
“I am enthusiastic and honored to serve as executive director of BETC,” said Smith. “I share Mayor Brown’s vision to further grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity where everyone can benefit from Buffalo’s job growth by obtaining 21st century skills in expanding sectors of our local economy. I am fully committed to ensuring that every resident has a clear pathway to career-readiness and a good job.”
As Buffalo celebrates its existing strengths in business and employment, it continues to diversify and build on new strengths through emerging technologies, such as healthcare, biosciences and high-tech industries. Smith will help City of Buffalo residents navigate training and job applications and connect qualified candidates to job opportunities in Buffalo and the Buffalo area. Read More...
Mayor Brown Announces That A Major Downtown Stakeholder Adds To The Momentum At 201 Ellicott Street
June 16, 2015 - City of Buffalo incorporates Erie Community College’s plan for enhanced downtown space into the development process for the future use of a city-owned parking lot that also seeks to attract a grocery store to downtown Buffalo
As part of his commitment to continue the significant investment and job growth that is happening across the City of Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown was pleased to announce today that Erie Community College (ECC) has become a key stakeholder in the City of Buffalo’s 201 Ellicott Street project, providing the development community with an even greater opportunity to transform a prime downtown parcel that is ready for redevelopment.
“Erie Community College is one of Buffalo’s higher education institutions and plays an important role in our city’s economic growth,” said Mayor Brown. “By incorporating ECC’s plan to add a new downtown building into the city’s 201 Ellicott Street project, we are enhancing the overall scope of this project by bringing the successful developer an anchor tenant who is looking to bolster its downtown presence.”
Initially, the City of Buffalo released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 201 Ellicott Street, a city-owned property on May 8, 2015. Since then, ECC has reached out to the city and requested to be part of the formal process to determine if 201 Ellicott meets its future space needs. Given this new opportunity, the City of Buffalo, in incorporating ECC’s plan into the 201 Ellicott Street development process, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) today to identify a Developer to be designated for the site. The issuance of the RFQ replaces the RFP released in May.
“Ongoing planning for the future of many of ECC’s academic and non-academic programs has illustrated the need for enhanced downtown space,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We believe that being involved in this RFQ will not only assist the college in its pursuit of such space, but will also eventually help us bolster programmatic offerings across a reimagined City Campus. We’re excited about the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Buffalo and we’re committed to continuing as a vital part of the city’s present and future.”
201 Ellicott Street is owned by the City of Buffalo and is currently used as a surface parking lot. Downtown Buffalo is experiencing tremendous growth with an increase in demand for both apartment and condominium residential units. There is also a greater demand for retail offerings with the influx of new residents to downtown as well as a growing workforce population. This growth provides the opportunity to put 201 Ellicott Street to a higher and better use.
Mayor Brown’s Office of Strategic Planning is seeking qualifications from interested developers to demonstrate their capacity to develop a mixed-use development project that includes a full line grocery store, a significant residential element (with a possibility for condominiums), and a required parking ramp. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will result in the City designating a Developer for 201 Ellicott Street.
As part of developing a mixed-use project for the site, the designated Developer will be asked to engage in a master planning process with Erie Community College “ECC”. ECC, a major Downtown stakeholder, is currently in the process of developing a plan to determine the future space needs of the college; in terms of programs and locations. A major part of that work will focus on an enhanced ECC presence downtown. The Developer will be required to work with ECC through its master planning process to determine if ECC’s needs can be incorporated into the mixed-use project at 201 Ellicott Street. Read More...
Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!
May 6, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #94 West Hertel Academy, kicked off the Mayor’s annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, now in its 14th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.
“I strongly believe that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and best of all, fosters young people to become lifelong readers and learners,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased that so many of our city youth take part in my summer reading challenge and I encourage others to join the fun so we can get more books into the homes of children and keep them reading and learning during the summer.”
“Reading Rules!” began in 2001, when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate, as a way to address the literacy problem in New York State, specifically in Buffalo and Western New York. Mayor Brown started the literacy effort to encourage schoolchildren to read books throughout the summer, and submit written summaries of each book they had read.
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