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Code Blue 32 TonightThere will be a Code Blue 32 tonight (Wednesday, 1-18-17) at 8pm. Matt Urban Hope Center and Harbor House will be open as warming shelters 8pm to 8am (St. Luke's is CLOSED). Harbor House will be open as a warming center tomorrow 8am-8pm.
All scheduled Outreach and Hope Center Shelter workers please report to Matt Urban Hope Center by 7pm ( 385 Paderewski Drive).
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Mayor Brown Hosts Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Ceremony
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.
• National Impact Award - Bishop Anthony Bronner – ELIM Christian Fellowship
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Brown BUDC Kick off 2016 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-up
Mayor Brown also helps kick off Small Business Saturday, urging city residents to shop locally during the holiday season; city will suspend parking meter enforcement on Friday, November 25th, making parking free at all its metered spaces on “Black Friday
“The city’s investment in the ‘Cars Sharing Main Street’ project, improvements to Fountain Plaza and the Queen City Pop-Up are program are attracting more people to downtown Buffalo, increasing economic opportunity for our local business community,” said Mayor Brown, as he also helped to promote Small Business Saturday, a day to support local businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. “As a community, Small Business Saturday is another way we demonstrate our support for our small business owners, located in Buffalo’s business districts citywide. Everyone can find unique, special items from our city merchants, as well as our new Queen City Pop-Up participants.”
Mayor Brown, GSA mark the official transfer of the Dillon Courthouse to the City of Buffalo
Mayor Brown Announces Committee to Consider Locations for New Train Station
November 22 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the seventeen member committee that will work to determine the location of the new train station. Today’s announcement stems from Mayor Brown accepting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s challenge to spend six months leading the effort to find the ideal location for a new station to replace the aging structure on Exchange Street. The Governor’s administration will fund up to one million dollars for the complete study.
Mayor Brown, The WNY Coalition for Homelessness Announce New Code Blue Collaborative
November 21– Mayor Byron W. Brown and The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless held a press conference at the Matt Urban Hope Center to announce a new “Code Blue Collaborative”, informing the public about significant changes this year to its Code Blue Shelter operations. Public support is also being sought.
Code Blue is the City of Buffalo’s emergency weather safety plan that provides outreach, engagement, case management, transportation, shelter and a warm meal to Buffalo's homeless population on evenings when temperatures and wind chill fall to 15 degrees or below from November 15 to March 15. Last year Code Blue served over 600 individuals and has reduced the death rate among Buffalo’s homeless population significantly since its inception in 2009. Code Blue is funded by the City of Buffalo and National Fuel, and is also supported by a collaboration of agencies under the WNYCFTH. It is open to anyone living on the streets and/or needing shelter, but especially targets the chronically homeless and those who live in uninhabitable or dangerous places during extremely low temperatures.
This year's Code Blue Shelters will be located at: The Matt Urban Hope Center- 385 Paderewski Drive, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy- 325 Walden Avenue and Harbor House- 241 Genesee Street. The shelters are in in need of cots, blankets and other basic essential items.
The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless is an association of over 50 service providers and concerned individuals who have joined together to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness in our community. For more information, please visit us as www.wnycoalitionforthehomeless.org
Mayor Brown Announces Final Phase of Genesee Gateway Streetscape Project as Paving is Completed
$3.5 million redevelopment project supports significant private investment by creating new landscaping, sidewalks and street resurfacing
Mayor Brown and GSA Announce the City Will Take Ownership of Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse This Week
November 20 – After approval by the Buffalo Common Council today authorizing Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo to acquire the vacant Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse from the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA), Mayor Brown was pleased to announce that the City is expected to take ownership of the historic Court Street landmark on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 when it closes on the purchase of the building, at a cost of $1. A special deed-signing ceremony between Mayor Brown and representatives of GSA will take place on a date to be announced, marking the official transfer of the building from the federal government to the City of Buffalo. After the purchase is completed, the city plans to turn the historic structure into a combined police and fire headquarters that also will house some of the city's data operations. This action is part of GSA's ongoing efforts to make more efficient use of federal real estate assets while saving taxpayer dollars and serving as an economic catalyst in communities throughout the country.
Mayor Brown Attends White House Event on Effectively Ending Homeless Among Veterans
November 14 – After recently accepting an invitation by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Byron W. Brown, along with mayors from around the country, today traveled to Washington D.C. for a special White House event, recognizing their work on reducing homelessness among veterans.
Mayor Brown stated, “Over a year ago, the First Lady issued a challenge to us through the U.S. Conference of Mayors to work with partners in our community on initiatives to effectively end veteran homelessness. I’m proud to say that the city of Buffalo responded to the challenge and succeeded in bringing an effective end to Veteran homelessness in Buffalo. Thanks to a strong collaboration between government agencies, our community’s service and housing professionals who assist veterans and our many other partners, Buffalo has demonstrated that ending veteran homelessness is achievable. I congratulate everyone involved who worked tirelessly to give our veterans a dignified home, setting an example for communities across the nation.”
Mayor Brown Observes Veterans Day by Honoring Local Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Commemorating Buffalo's Status as a Purple Heart City
“It is a great honor to welcome these brave men here today as the Nation prepares to observe Veterans Day. Our military, whether at war, or aiding the nation at times of natural disasters or civil unrest, is the most important defense in safe-guarding our American principles and the belief that all people should be allowed to live in the pursuit of peace and happiness,” Mayor Brown said.
Mayor Brown Welcomes 75 New BPD Police Recruits In An Official Swearing-In Ceremony
November 4 - Continuing his commitment to diversify and further strengthen the Buffalo Police Department, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, today welcomed 75 new Buffalo Police recruits to the force during an official swearing-in ceremony. The new recruits, comprising of one of the most diverse classes in the history of the Buffalo Police Department, took the oath of office during a public ceremony at Waterfront Elementary School, attended by hundreds of friends and family.
“As part of my continued commitment to 21st Century policing, I’m pleased to welcome this next generation of Buffalo police officers, a diverse group of 75 police recruits who are ready to blaze a new trail to protect our city residents,” said Mayor Brown. “By adding more diversity to our police force, we continue to foster an even greater respect between the community and police. Additionally, I’m particularly proud of my administration’s role in the lives of the 14 new recruits in this class, the recipients of my BPD21C scholarship. To administer the oath of office to these probationary officers is meaningful, knowing they will make great guardians of our City when they hit the streets in just a few months.”
Of the newly sworn in probationary officers, 14 were among the first recipients of Mayor Brown’s ‘Buffalo Police Department 21st Century Scholarship Program (BPD21C), which enabled them to successfully complete the Erie County-Erie Community College Central Police Services Law Enforcement Training Academy earlier this year. As a result, these pre-credentialed police recruits only have three weeks of training left at the academy, followed by on-the-job training. The 61 other new recruits are scheduled to begin six-months of training on Monday at the police academy on the ECC North Campus. At the academy, the recruits will be trained in many areas including firearms, first aid, defensive tactics, community relations and legal issues.
Mayor Brown’s police officer scholarship program (BPD21C) was launched in early 2016 as a first-of-its-kind program, designed to further strengthen the City’s police force by adding more diversity and fostering an even greater respect between the community and police. 53 successful City of Buffalo residents received full BPD21C scholarships to the Erie County-Erie Community College Central Police Services Law Enforcement Training Academy. 43 graduated last spring, prior to taking the June police exam.
Of the 75 new police recruits, 75 are city residents and the first class of Buffalo police officers hired under a new contract which now requires Buffalo police officers to live in Buffalo at the time of hire and remain city residents for the next seven years.
As part of Mayor Brown’s commitment to fill the police ranks with qualified men and women who represent Buffalo’s diverse communities, this class of 75 includes 13 female police recruits, 21 African American police recruits, 7 Hispanic police recruits and 3 listed as other. In other words, over 50% of this class of 75 police recruits is made up of women and minorities.
The 75 new recruits bring the number of Buffalo Police Department Officers to approximately 763. Another new class of recruits is slated for January 2017.
Mayor Brown and Police Athletic League of Buffalo Offer a Sneak Peek at Silent Auction Items for 16th Annual PAL Auction
November 4 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today was joined by the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) Board of Directors and PAL Supporters, in offering a sneak peek at some of the items that will be up for bid at the 16th Annual PAL Auction. The nonprofit organization, which every year serves more than 20,000 children in Buffalo and Western New York, will hold its 16th Annual Auction on November 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.
“Once again local businesses and organizations have donated fantastic items for PAL’s major annual fundraising event. This is an opportunity for the community to rally around a program that is vitally important to improve the quality of life for many youngsters in our City,” Mayor Brown said. “This auction is a great way to ensure PAL has the funds it needs to reach as many children as possible and win many wonderful auction items.”
“I am very excited for this year Police Athletic League’s 16th Annual Auction. This year we are focusing on the youth that we serve. PAL has had a rich history in WNY in sports for programming for over 60 years and we need your support in continuing our quality sports and enrichment programs,” said Nekia Kemp, PAL Executive Director.
This year’s Auction Chair is James Milbrand, Vice President, PAL Board of Directors.
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo, UB Sponsor Shredding and Recycling Event - November 19, 2016
November 2 – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo along with other community groups will sponsor a Community Shredding and Recycling Event on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00AM – 12:00PM at the University at Buffalo South Campus Main Bailey Parking Lot.
Mayor Brown Submits 2017 City of Buffalo Capital Budget
November 1 - Mayor Byron W. Brown submitted today to the Buffalo Common Council his $20 million Fiscal Year 2017 proposed Capital Funding plan for the City of Buffalo. The 2017 Capital Plan includes targeted investments in major infrastructure for economic development, public safety, parks improvements citywide, and arts and cultural organizations.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios