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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mayor Brown Continues Commitment To Citywide Parks By Announcing Major Play Court Improvements
July 16, 2014 - Refurbished basketball and tennis courts will soon further improve recreational opportunities for children and adults in Buffalo. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Parks Commissioner Andrew Rabb announced $4 million in play court improvements at 22 city parks.
“Breathing new life into our city’s many wonderful recreation opportunities will add to the on-going momentum in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “With more than 10,000 new jobholders coming to Buffalo as a result of the $4.4 billion in new economic development activity, we need to continue to build up our city as a great place to buy property, live, work and invest.”
The $4 million in improvements will be done in phases. Each project will include the complete replacement of the courts and plans to paint lines on the tennis and basketball courts. $3.5 million in funding was made available through 2013 and 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Bonds. CDBG Funds will also pay for an additional $500,000 in court improvements this summer to Masten and Schiller Parks. (Work is about to get started.)
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2014 Summer Pool Season
July 1, 2014 - 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 Centennial Pool in Buffalo this morning.
“We’re excited to continue an important summer tradition by opening all of our public pools,” said Mayor Brown. “We look forward to a fun and safe season and will continue to make our parks and pools something our community can be proud of.”
ALL city pools opened on July 1st and will remain open from 11am-7pm for the duration of the summer season through Labor Day, weather permitting. Splash pads are also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read More...
Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins Showcase Major Streetscape Improvements In The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
July 1, 2014 - $2.8 million Ellicott Street Streetscape Improvement project is nearing completion; new sidewalks, curb, milling and repaving, new signage, traffic signals and lighting will help further strengthen the infrastructure that is essential to the BNMC’s continued success.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo Common Council Wrap-Up Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo With A Strong Message
June 25, 2014 - Today Mayor Byron W. Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, Majority Leader Demone Smith and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera held a press conference with Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, community members and anti-violence advocates on the steps of City Hall to wrap-up June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo by issuing a proclamation that declared June 25, 2014 as ‘Gun Violence Awareness Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
"Gun Violence awareness month puts the spotlight on an important issue and engages the public in community based education and programming," said Council President Darius Pridgen. “I am proud to join Mayor Brown and my colleagues on the Council with a strong message, that every community deserves and has the right to feel safe. We need to continue to make gun violence prevention a top priority for all city residents because gun violence is something that can affect any neighborhood, at any time.” Read More...
Changes To Curbside Collection Of Electronic Waste
June 20, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that, as per New York State regulations, the City of Buffalo will no longer collect unwanted electronic waste (e-waste) discarded by individuals at the curb. It’s illegal for city residents to dispose of e-waste at the curb and it’s illegal for landfills to accept them. Should residents not comply and continue to put electronics out at the curb, they are likely to find a notice on the item or their door advising them of the law— at least for the first offense. If someone continues to place electronics outside at the curb, he or she would face a $75 fine.
“Electronic waste continues to be a major environmental issue throughout the country. That is why the City of Buffalo took a progressive step in 2012 by opening an E-Waste Drop off location at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage. This next step will further protect the health of our residents and the environment from potentially harmful materials when not disposed of properly,” said Mayor Brown.
City of Encourages E-Waste Recycling With NEW Saturday Hours
City residents can drop off e-waste recyclables this Saturday (and ‘The first Saturday of the Month) between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. - Click here for details...
Mayor Brown Seeks Announces An Enchanced EMS Plan
June 20, 2014 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, announced today a revised plan to provide even better emergency medical services (EMS) to City residents. The City will enter into a new long-term contract with Rural/Metro Corporation, based on the results of a highly competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) for the provision of ambulatory and emergency medical services. Mayor Brown also announced several high-profile appointments to the City’s Emergency Medical Services Board.
“Emergency medical services are a critical component of our local healthcare system and by preparing to enter into a new long-term EMS contract and appointing highly qualified members to the EMS Board, we will further improve emergency medical services for City residents,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Rural/Metro for putting before us an enhanced plan that will provide even better emergency medical services for citizens, while not only keeping jobs in Buffalo, but also creating a substantial number of new jobs.” Read More...
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 13th Annual Reading Rules
April 10, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #32 Bennett Park Montessori, kicked off the Mayor’s annual, Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, in its 13th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.
“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.
With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February, to the Taste of Buffalo, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and the National Buffalo Garden Festival (which features America's largest garden walk) in the summer, our events bring in visitors from all over the world.
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