Train Station Site Election Stakeholders Host Another Public Session Regarding Plans for a New Train Station Location
March 22 – As Chair of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Train Station Site Selection process, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Train Station Site Selection Stakeholders, hosted another public session in an open house format, where engineers presented the pros and cons so far of the potential locations for the new Buffalo train station. The meeting took place today at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Representatives from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, the engineering consultant hired by the state Department of Transportation, presented city residents with an update on the viability of the potential station locations for a new Buffalo train station, explaining in detail the opportunities and challenges associated with each location. The two locations being advanced for further evaluation include the Downtown location and Central Terminal location. Earlier this month, the Train Station Site Selection Stakeholders voted to remove the Larkin location from further studies at this time. The Stakeholders decided to remove the Larkin site from further consideration for multiple reasons, especially factors which would currently complicate the potential for multi-modality at this location.
Mayor Brown Proclaims Today U.S. Conference of Mayor's National Day of Immigration Action in Buffalo
Mayor Brown nominated Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s West Side Bazaar Expansion Initiative for the 2017 Wells Fargo and USCMCommunityWINS Grant Program as Buffalo’s action to aid the city’s growing immigrant and refugee community
March 21– Mayor Byron W. Brown today proclaimed March 21, 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayor’s National Day of Immigration in Buffalo. The local proclamation is part of an effort by mayors across the country to call attention to the contributions of immigrants and refugees, and to highlight resources in the City of Buffalo, like the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, that exist for all city residents, including newcomers from all over the world.
As a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Brown seeks to bring resources to Buffalo that have been a benefit to other cities. In recognition of today’s National Day of Immigration Action, Mayor nomination of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s (WEDI) West Side Bazaar Expansion Initiative for the 2017 Wells Fargo and USCMCommunityWINS Grant Program.
Mayor Brown Announces Key Steps In The Northland Corridor Project, Advancing The Process To Accommodate The New Workforce Training Center
First Community Workforce Outreach events is held at the Delavan-Grider Community Center Demolition of a large section of a former industrial plant in mid-March
March 9 – With the start of construction just days away, Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the next series of important steps in the transformative Northland Corridor Project on Buffalo’s East Side. As part of Mayor Brown and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continued commitment to increase the participation of minority and women-owned firms, as well as city residents and workers, on major economic development and Public Works projects in Buffalo, Compliance & Administrative Services of New York (CASNY), the compliance specialist hired for the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project, met with residents in the Northland neighborhood this morning at an informational session about project participation. Mayor Brown will also announce that in mid-March, crews will begin the first phase of construction, with partial demolition of a former industrial building on the site.
“We are now moving from the discussion and planning stage, into the physical transformation of this site, which is key to our efforts to revitalize the Northland Corridor on our City’s East Side and prepare the next generation for the jobs powering Buffalo’s revitalization,” said Mayor Brown. “With today’s community workforce outreach event and the start of construction later this month, progress will be visible as we advance the process to accommodate the new Workforce Training Center.”
Mayor Brown Marked The 100th Year Of The First Known Sale Of Girl Scout Cookies By Issuing A Proclamation
March 8 – As part of the 2017 Girl Scout Cookies program, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by the Girl Scouts of Western New York, today issued a proclamation, declaring Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as 100 years of Girl Scout Cookies Day in the City of Buffalo. As part of the commemorative anniversary, Mayor Brown also helped promote a new Girl Scout Cookie, called the ‘S’more’, as he took part in a Mayoral Cookie Challenge.
“Everyone has a special place in their heart for Girl Scout cookies and today I helped mark the 100th year of the first known sale of Girl Scout cookies by issuing a special proclamation,” said Mayor Brown. “I wish the Girl Scouts much success as they continue to grow the Girl Scout Cookies Program, which continues to foster a positive spirit to power amazing experiences for all of our Girl Scouts.”
Mayor Brown Leads Black History Month 2017 Celebration
The event, held in the lobby of City Hall, also honored leading Buffalo African-Americans for their commitment in the categories of Art, Education, Youth, Military & Law Enforcement, Faith-based, Family, and Health Care service
February 21 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today led a celebration of Black History Month during a noon time event in the lobby of City Hall. In his Mayoral Proclamation, the Mayor noted the theme of Black History Month 2017 is “Black Education.”
“This year’s theme examines the role that education has played in the history of African Americans from times of slavery, through the Civil War, to present day. History is full of examples of people overcoming arbitrary boundaries imposed on them. My administration is committed to clearing as many of those barriers as possible through several initiatives to ensure no one is left out or left behind on their path to education and employment,” Mayor Brown said.
Mayor Brown cited the City’s Summer Reading Rules Challenge, which has included 13,000 champion readers in the past 15 years; his administration’s steadfast support of the Say Yes Buffalo education initiative to which the City has contributed $1.3 million through 2016, which additional funds for 2017; Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which has employed 22,000 youth, ages 14-21, since 2006, and new City of Buffalo Mentoring Program, through which city employees and community members will tutor Buffalo Public Schools students and serve as role models.
“I also announced in my State of the City Address last week the new $44 million WNY Training Center, which will anchor the Northland Corridor, will include a Coding School, to help local residents pursue careers in the burgeoning technology arena.”
Mayor Brown Announces Launch of CitiStat 2.0
The reinvigorated CitiStat 2.0 will be an issue-based, dialogue-driven process,structured to bring City departments together with outside experts to tackle city-wide issues
February 13 – Mayor Byron W. Brown kicked-off the City of Buffalo’s updated, CitiStat 2.0 initiative on Friday, February 10, 2017. The Mayor’s initial priority areas will be Public Safety, opportunity, economic development and quality of life.
“By bringing multiple department heads together and pooling their individual experiences and perspectives, and combining those with best practices expertise, we’ll be able to make better-informed, more strategic decisions, and identify solutions on key issues. This cross-departmental approach will also help us identify key performance indicators, set targets and achieve goals,” Mayor Brown said.
First introduced by Mayor Brown when he took office in 2006, the original CitiStat program employed a format where City department heads provided regular updates and statistics related to initiatives in their individual areas of responsibility. Those updates were used to gauge progress and measure performance. The question and answer sessions were aired live on Buffalo’s Government Access Television Station’s Ch. 22. to give the public a front row seat on the inner workings of City government.
Like its predecessor, CitiStat 2.0 programs will be aired on Ch. 22, enhancing the openness and transparency of the initiative. CitiStat 2.0 will be aided by another innovative mayoral initiative, Open Data Buffalo, which will provide a data-fueled performance analysis.
Mayor Brown and Save Our Streets Task Force Sponsor Free Landlord Training
Mayor Byron W. Brown, in his ongoing effort to create safe, healthy and livable neighborhoods, wants to remind everyone that he is sponsoring, through the Save Our Streets Task Force, ‘Free Landlord Training’ on February 24, 2017.
Rental property owners will have the opportunity to enroll in beginner training sessions; which will focus on several areas including rapid re-housing program utilization, how to detect and prevent drug activity, housing codes and inspection procedures, housing court procedures, proper eviction proceedings, tenant screening protocols, fair housing and leases, as well as lead poisoning prevention.
The annual program is free, but registration is required. The registration deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017.
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Mayor Brown Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for $2.8 Million Scajaquada Restoration Project
The Buffalo Sewer Authority will serve as the lead agency in the project which will resolve odor, flooding, stagnation, algae and sediment issues in Scajaquada Creek between Main Street and Elmwood Avenue
January 26 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today led a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $2.8 million project to restore Scajaquada Creek between Main Street and Elmwood Avenue to resolve long-standing issues with odor, trash, flooding and other water quality problems.
“This project is the fruit of a multi-year partnership involving my administration and several government and community entities, all of whom have looked forward to the day when we could say with certainty that this portion of Scajaquada Creek would be properly restored. This important environmental project will enhance the visitor experience in Forest Lawn Cemetery, along the shores of Hoyt Lake, and Mirror Lake’s Japanese Garden, behind the Buffalo History Museum. The garbage, debris and related odors will be gone,” Mayor Brown said.
In addition to the City’s Sewer Authority and its Public Works, Streets and Parks Department, other key partners in the project include: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation, Forest Lawn Cemetery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Facilities Corporation, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Mayor Brown Proclaims January National Mentoring Month in the City Buffalo
At a mentoring orientation meeting, Mayor Brown W. Brown thanked dozens of city employees for answering his call to take part in a new City of Buffalo Mentoring Program designed to help improve the lives of Buffalo youth
January 24 – In recognition of National Mentoring Month in January, Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a proclamation declaring January as Mentoring Month in the City of Buffalo. He also thanked approximately 80 City of Buffalo employees for answering his call to take part in a new City of Buffalo Mentoring program, designed to help improve the lives of Buffalo youth.
“There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m proud of the city employees who stepped up to help mentor our children to help prepare them to be the future leaders of our city.”
Two years ago, Mayor Brown answered President Obama’s call to become a My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) city, which included providing mentors to work with city youth. Today’s orientation is an essential step in this effort as the City of Buffalo continues its work as an MBK city. The Brown Administration is working to increase mentoring opportunities throughout the City of Buffalo to help young people reach their full potential.
Research shows that mentoring programs are highly effective. One in three young people grow up without a mentor. With mentors, 52% of youth are less likely to skip school, 55% are more likely to be enrolled in college, 45% are less likely than their peers to start using drugs, 81% are more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities, 78% are more likely to volunteer in their communities, 130% are more likely to hold a leadership position in a club or a sports team, and 90% of the mentees are now interested in becoming mentors.
Mayor Brown Hosts Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Ceremony
January 19 - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Pledge to Service and Recognition Ceremony, is an annual event where Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City’s Division of Citizens Services recognizes groups and individuals for their contributions to the community through service.
“Dr. King once said ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity,’ Mayor Brown said. “ As we remember this civil rights icon, let’s honor his legacy by peacefully respecting one another and doing more to raise our community through volunteerism and service.”
This year’s honorees are:
• National Impact Award - Bishop Anthony Bronner – ELIM Christian Fellowship
• National Impact Award - Frank Mesiah – Former President, NAACP Buffalo Chapter
• Commitment to Service Award - Abdalla Mohamoud - H.E.A.L. International
• Commitment to Service Award - Rev. Dennis Lee – Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church and President of Baptist Ministers Conference
• Commitment to Service Award - Brandi L. Haynes – Emergency Services Director, Community Action Organization of Erie County
• Commitment to Service Award - Nadia Pizzaro – Homeless Alliance of WNY
• Diversity Award - Rev. Brek Cockrell – The Renovation Church
• Racial Relationship Building Award - Captain Steve Nichols – Buffalo Police Department
• Posthumous Award – Windford J. Lucas – Honorary Past Grand Master, The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge and Accepted Masons State of New York
Mayor Brown Unveils Phase Two of The Buffalo Opportunity Agenda
Mayor Brown will expand phase one of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge by issuing a series of Executive Orders that strengthen the City’s minority and women business enterprise programs, promote inclusion and bolster City resident workforce goals
January 16 – Today Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the next phase of building a city of opportunity for all residents by launching the Buffalo Opportunity Agenda. This next phase focuses on improving conditions for minority and women owned business enterprises (MBE/WBE) and minorities and female workers. The Opportunity Agenda will also include several executive orders that bolster equity in contracting and hiring opportunities in New York State’s second largest city, as well as the formation of the City of Buffalo Contract Compliance Committee and the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for an operator of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center.
“A healthy and diverse business sector and ensuring employment opportunities for all City residents is critically important to continuing Buffalo’s economic renaissance,” said Mayor Brown, noting that a part of his Opportunity Agenda establishes a “First Source” hiring policy for major economic development and Public Works projects and encourages selection of professional services firms that have demonstrated efforts to partner with Minority and Women Business Enterprises and diversity in hiring. “The changes included in this plan reflect my ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in our City.”
The executive orders that Mayor Brown will issue create incentives for contractors who reach and/or exceed MBE/WBE goals in the city. These incentives will recognize businesses that demonstrate their commitment to hiring residents that live within the city limits and mentor MBE/WBE’s, by providing them with additional points on city bids.
The city will now employ a “First Source” hiring policy for public works contracts requiring contractors and subcontractors to make demonstrable efforts to meet or exceed the 25% residency hiring goals included in the City’s charter. Business utilization goals of 25% MBE/ and 5% WBE and work force utilization goals of 25% minority and 5% female will also be included for major economic development and public works projects. Mayor Brown’s plan also includes new procedures for subcontractor substitutions. In the event that the MBE/WBE subcontractor identified during the bidding process is unable to perform the work as needed, contractors are now required to submit a written request to the City for a replacement, detailing the inability of the subcontractor to perform and the good faith efforts to replace a MBE/WBE with another.
“Success among small businesses, including women and minority business enterprises, means more jobs and long-term prosperity for everyone,” said Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen. “I applaud Mayor Brown’s decision to make these issues and concepts the focus of his next phase for the City’s Opportunity Agenda.”
Mayor Brown Announces Public Comment Period On City Of Buffalo's Proposed Open Data Program
Starting today, January 10 through January 24, 2017, residents are invited to review and comment on the draft Open Data policy which will guide the enhancement of government transparency through a new data program
January 10 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the opening of the 14-day public comment period on the City of Buffalo’s draft Open Data policy. The proposed policy will govern the City’s new Open Data program and guide release of public data in the future.
“This is an opportunity for our residents to give us feedback on the policy which will greatly enhance the City of Buffalo’s open data practices. Our goal is to engage the public as we make more city data easily accessible to residents and city staff to improve service, boost efficiency and increase transparency and accountability,” Mayor Brown said.
The Brown administration’s effort to launch an Open Data program is being aided by the Bloomberg Philanthropies National “What Work Cities” initiative, which is working with 39 cities in 25 states to use data to make government more effective, while improving lives of residents. In June 2016, Buffalo was one of 10 cities selected by the What Works Cities team for assistance in advancing its goals of Open Data and Performance Management.
Mayor Brown And Common Council Host Signing Ceremony of City's New Unified Development Ordinance
The “Green Code” is the first major overhaul of City zoning laws since 1953 and will have a transformative impact on the future of continued development in Buffalo
January 3 – After 242 public meetings, Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Common Council today hosted a special signing ceremony of the City of Buffalo’s new Unified Development Ordinance. The “Green Code” is the first major overhaul to City zoning laws since 1953 and will serve as the City’s blueprint for zoning and development in the 21st Century. The Common Council unanimously approved the “Green Code” on December 27.
“Currently there is more than $5.6 billion in economic development activity underway, and that number will definitely increase with this new zoning reform in place,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “This law represents the best ideas, creates modern development standards, and preserves and builds upon Buffalo’s strengths. My administration worked closely with the City Council and the community to successfully develop this legislation that will continue to bring growth and progress to Buffalo.”
"Buffalo is about to step into its own through this code," said Council President Darius G. Pridgen, Ellicott District. "The last code was created to make Buffalo look like the suburbs. With the implementation of the Green Code, Buffalo is going to look like Buffalo."
Giving the Buffalo New Year's Eve Ball A Final Test Before Its Big Night
Buffalo Ball Drop returns to Downtown Buffalo on December 31, 2016 at Theodore Roosevelt Plaza in Buffalo
December 29 - The “ball” is ready for its New Year’s close up! Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by other sponsors of the 29th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks”, was on hand as crews conducted the annual ‘Test Drop’ to ensure that the ‘Ball Drop’ on New Year’s Eve goes off without a hitch. Crews hoisted the specially designed ball to the top of Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, testing the hundreds of special lights and timing of the descent. Mayor Brown also extended another invitation to city residents and visitors to ring in 2017 at the annual downtown event at Roosevelt Plaza. Roosevelt Plaza is located along the newly opened 500 Block of Main Street at the intersection of Huron and Genesee Streets.
“Now in its 29th year, the ‘Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks’ has become an annual tradition that keeps getting bigger and better and Downtown Buffalo is ready to celebrate the best New Year’s Eve yet,” said Mayor Brown, noting the many new and existing restaurants located within blocks of Roosevelt Plaza, along with skating at Rotary Rink and First Night Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. “I thank our new and returning sponsor organizations for their dedication to this event and to the citizens of Buffalo and Western New York. Their commitment to our city, and its many assets, fills us with a great sense of pride as we work to continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo, where everyone benefits from our city’s rising prosperity.”
This City of Buffalo is the largest funder of the annual Buffalo Ball Drop, requiring significant coordination between police, fire, emergency services, and DPW personnel to ensure the event is fun, festive and safe. This year, the ‘Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks’ is a collaborative effort between Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), and Buffalo Place. PAL benefits from sponsorship proceeds.
Mayor Brown Announces Holiday Sanitation Schedule
December 21 – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that during the week of Christmas, because the holiday falls on a Sunday, there will be no changes to the garbage and recycling pick up schedule. In the same way during New Year’s week scheduled garbage and recycling pick-ups will remain the same.
Mayor Brown also reminded residents today that the City of Buffalo will hold a Christmas “tree-cycling” and electronics waste recycling event on January 7th at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage located at 1120 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY. City of Buffalo residents are encouraged to properly dispose of electronic equipment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Items accepted at this free-of-charge recycling event are computers, printers, toner cartridges, computer accessories, televisions, tablets, scanner, audio equipment, video equipment and circuit boards. Residents may also recycle Christmas tree lights, used clothing and clean white bulk Styrofoam. Participants must certify that their items are household generated, as commercial waste will not be accepted.
Mayor Brown stated, “After the holidays, we are pleased to offer city residents the additional opportunity to properly and safely recycle unwanted computers and electronic items. By participating in this event, residents are helping to reduce the amount of unsafe disposals in our area, which can be harmful to their health as well as the environment.”
In addition to electronics recycling, the City of Buffalo will also be accepting Christmas trees for recycling at the January 7th event. City residents can bring their natural Christmas tree to 1120 Seneca Street where it will be chipped on site. Residents can take chips with them for re-use as mulch. Trees should be free of ornaments and tinsel.
The City will also have curbside collection of naturally grown Christmas trees. The collection is scheduled to last from January 2nd to January 13th on residents scheduled garbage day. This will be conducted by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as a way to help the environment and reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills.
To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place trees out on their curb before a scheduled garbage pickup and to not place them in garbage bags. Although they are scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.
Mayor Brown Sets New Date For First Public Meeting For Input On The Selection Of A New Train Station
December 21 – After inclement weather earlier this month forced the postponement of the first public meeting for input on the selection of a new train station location, Mayor Byron W. Brown today set a new date for the meeting. The event will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am in the Buffalo Common Council Chamber, located on the 13th Floor of Buffalo City Hall. The registration deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017.
“We are pleased that there is so much community interest in the train station selection project and look forward to hearing testimony from residents on potential sites across the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.
Buffalo Ball Drop Returns to Downtown Buffalo For Its 29th Year
December 20 - Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown invited city residents and visitors to ring in 2017 at the 29th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, located in Downtown Buffalo’s Roosevelt Plaza. Roosevelt Plaza is located where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet.
“Now in its 29th year, the ‘Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks’ has become an annual tradition that keeps getting bigger and better and Downtown Buffalo is ready to celebrate the best New Year’s Eve yet,” said Mayor Brown, noting the many new and existing restaurants located within blocks of Roosevelt Plaza, along with skating at Rotary Rink and First Night Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. “I thank our exceptional sponsor organizations, including M&T Bank as it continues to celebrate its 160th anniversary, for their dedication to this event and to the citizens of Buffalo and Western New York. Their commitment to our city, and its many assets, fills us with a great sense of pride as we work to continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo, where everyone benefits from our city’s rising prosperity.”
The evening is produced by Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and Buffalo Place, with major sponsors that include M&T Bank.
Mayor Brown and BPS Superintendent Cash Send Critical Lead Poisoning Prevention Information to All Students
More than 18,000 lead information flyers, in seven languages will be mailed to all Buffalo Public Schools families this week
December 20 – Mayor Byron W. Brown joined with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash today announced the mailing of more than 18,000 lead poisoning prevention flyers to parents of all BPS students. The flyers, in the District’s top seven languages, are part of an initiative unveiled in late October, at the heart of which is a comprehensive lead danger communications effort.
“This important message is purposely directed to families because infants, children under the age of 6, and pregnant women are most at-risk for harm from lead exposure. Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable, but once poisoning occurs, there is no way to reverse the physical damage,” Mayor Brown said.
“Buffalo Public Schools families, especially those with very young children, including babies and youngsters who have yet to start school, are our target audience. The earlier we can educate them about the dangers of lead and how exposure takes place, the less there is a chance of lead poisoning,” Dr. Cash said.
The Buffalo Public Schools plans to host free lead blood testing clinics at schools located in neighborhoods with historically high lead poisoning levels in the coming months.
By the end of the year, some 100,000 lead education flyers will have been distributed through Buffalo Public Schools, City of Buffalo Community Centers, Citizen Services, Youth Services and dozens of community organizations. The flyers, which are available in English, Spanish, Burmese, Somali, Karen, Nepali and Arabic, are also posted on the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools websites.
The City and Buffalo Public Schools worked jointly to create the translations, with the BPS generously providing translation services for the Burmese, Somali, Karen, Nepali and Arabic versions through its multi-lingual staff.
Mayor Brown Unveils Expanded Police Fleet
December 14 - Outside the future home of the Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters at the Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announced the expansion of the Buffalo Police Department’s fleet by unveiling the addition of 61 marked and unmarked 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Charger police pursuit-rated vehicles. The first batch of cars hit the streets this morning.
“Public safety continues to be a priority in Buffalo and the new Dodge Chargers are just another way we are improving safety in our neighborhoods, while equipping our police officers with the latest equipment and technology needed to perform,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m confident that by continuing to build a mixed police fleet in Buffalo, we will make our City even stronger, and safer.”
Buffalo City Hall Lights Up For The Holidays
December 8 - Buffalo City Hall comes alive for the holidays! Tonight, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by City Commissioners, Directors and employees, led the countdown for the second annual Outdoor Holiday Tree Lighting at Buffalo City Hall. The tree, located on the façade of the fourth floor portico of Buffalo City Hall, shimmers in white. To mark this special occasion, the Dome of City Hall was lit in festive colors of red, green and white.
“As the City of Light, we’re lighting up Buffalo City Hall this holiday season and pleased to show it in a whole new light as we illuminate the city skyline with special top colors on this historic building,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown Announces First Public Meeting on Sites for a New Train Station
Buffalo - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the first public meeting as part of the process to help determine the location of the new Amtrak Station. The event will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Buffalo Common Council Chamber, located on the 13th Floor of Buffalo City Hall.
Mayor Brown Recognizes 97 Year-Old World War II Veteran
BUFFALO – In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mayor Byron W. Brown encouraged city residents to pay tribute to the over 2,000 Americans who lost their lives during that attack and the veterans who subsequently served in the armed forces as a result of the United States entering World War II. Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation in honor of World War II veteran Charles P. Blakely Sr., a Buffalo resident for over 60 years.
“We owe a great debt to Mr. Blakely and to those who served in our armed forces during one of the most trying times in our nation’s history,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Mr. Blakely for his time of service and the sacrifices he made to defend our country and our way of life. He is a true hero and serves as an inspiration to all of us.”
Charles P. Blakely served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1945. He moved to Buffalo New York in 1946 where he met Larusha Hester, they got married in 1950. After moving to Buffalo he held several positions at various companies before working for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna. He retired from the company after 33 years.
Mayor Brown Unveils New City Snow Fighting Equipment
Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for Streets and Sanitation Henry Jackson and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, conducted the annual inspection of Buffalo’s snow fighting fleet at the Department of Public Works Broadway Garage.
“My message to city residents and business owners is this: Buffalo is ready for winter weather,” said Mayor Brown who was surrounded by new snow plows and other winter-combat equipment at the Broadway Garage. “Our snow fighting crew in the City of Buffalo does a great job preparing for any weather challenge that comes our way. We have among the most effective and experienced professionals in the nation. Our residents and businesses can feel confident in the abilities of our skilled professionals and the specialized equipment.”
Mayor Brown Announces United Way of Buffalo and Erie County to Develop City of Buffalo's Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative
December 5 – Today Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County (UWBEC) has been selected to assist the City in developing a work plan to reduce poverty in the City of Buffalo as part of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Members of the selection committee that reviewed requests for proposals from local nonprofits including: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Mayor Brown announced that the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo were chosen.
“As the City of Buffalo continues to drive the most successful economic development period in recent history, we must continue to work diligently to ensure all of our residents have the ability to participate in our growing economy,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for providing us with the resources to help shape Buffalo’s poverty reduction efforts.”
During his 2016-2017 budget announcement, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 10 cities would receive a total of $5 million in state grants and have access to a $20 million grant pool that matches private sector and foundation funding. The cities chosen, based on concentrations of poverty, include: Syracuse, Oswego, Utica, Binghamton, Oneonta, Buffalo, Utica, Elmira, Jamestown, Troy and Albany. Governor Cuomo modeled the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative after New York’s successful Anti-Poverty Program in Rochester; which is a broad coalition of state and local government, business and nonprofit representatives working together to redesign and coordinate efforts to address extreme poverty in the Rochester area.