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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > December 2008 > Mayor Brown Announces Free Holiday Parking Emphasize Senior Citizen Discoun

Mayor Brown Announces Free Holiday Parking Emphasize Senior Citizen Discount Program

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Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications
716-851-5841

Measures Designed to Encourage Holiday Shopping Throughout Buffalo

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced his recommendation for the City of Buffalo to temporarily suspend parking meter collections for two days before Christmas on Tuesday, December 23rd and Wednesday, December 24th.  This plan will provide free parking in the City of Buffalo’s commercial districts, and was implemented last year on Christmas Eve as a way to encourage shopping in Buffalo prior to Christmas. 

In addition, Mayor Brown highlighted the city’s Senior Discount Card Program, which provides area senior citizens with discounts ranging from two percent to over thirty percent at over one hundred and ninety businesses in the city.

“Shopping along Buffalo’s commercial districts provides an opportunity to choose from a wide array of unique gifts that are of high quality, plus shoppers are able to enjoy the festive nature of the city’s shopping districts,” said Mayor Brown. “I think suspending the collection of parking meter fees during the holiday season is an excellent way to encourage people to shop in Buffalo.  The senior discount card is also a great way to encourage residents to shop locally during the holiday season by giving them extra incentives that benefit both shoppers and city-based merchants.”

The location of this announcement, the Antique Lamp Co. & Gift Emporium, was chosen because of it’s location on Hertel Avenue’s thriving commercial district and it is among 17 businesses that participate in the Senior Discount Card Program.

“Both the two-day free parking plan and senior discount program were designed to encourage local shopping and I hope that everyone will support this opportunity to create greater shopping traffic in our commercial districts,” said the Mayor.  “In addition, we will enforce all other parking violations, including blocking fire hydrants, bus stops and driveways.”

The Mayor next week will recommend to the Common Council that this parking suspension be approved at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

For more information or to apply for a senior discount card, please call the City of Buffalo’s Office of Senior Services at 851-4141, visit Room 8-A in the basement of City Hall or visit the City’s website at www.city-buffalo.com