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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Mayor Brown, BPD Launch "Bigs In Blue" in Buffalo to Build Bridges Between Police Officers and YouthBuffalo - Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Buffalo Police Officers and representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, today announced the start of “Bigs in Blue” in the city of Buffalo. “Bigs in Blue” is a one-to-one mentoring program aimed at recruiting local law enforcement officers to serve as Big
Brothers or Big Sisters to youth, specifically ages 10-12.
“Our officers enjoy spending time in the community and getting to know the people they so proudly serve,” said Mayor Brown, noting that he announced the coming of the “Bigs in Blue” program during his annual State of the City Address in February. “Building bridges between police officers and youth is vitally
Mayor Brown Presents Key to City of Buffalo to the Commander and Crew of New Soon-to-be-Commissioned USS Little Rock
December 8 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined with members of the USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Commissioning Committee for the presentation of a key to the City of Buffalo to the new ship’s commander and crew.
Winter Parking Rules On City Bus Routes are in Effect Beginning December 6, 2017 at 1:30 am
December 5 - The City of Buffalo announced today that the enforcement of winter parking rules on city bus routes will begin December 6, 2017 at 1:30am.
Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo
29th annual drug-and-alcohol- free event kicks-off New Years festivities downtown.
December 5 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined the Independent Health Foundation as they previewed First Night® Buffalo, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
“It's almost time to wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018 and First Night Buffalo is a great, responsible way for revelers to ring in the new year,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “I thank the Independent Health Foundation for its continued commitment to this alcohol- and drug-free New Year’s Eve celebration that has become a memorable tradition for so many families, providing city residents and visitors with a wonderful event to help start off the New Year on a good, positive note.”
Mayor Brown Discusses Snow Removal Plan for 2017-2018 Winter Season
December 5 - With the potential for heavy lake effect snow in Buffalo this week, Buffalo ‘snow fighters’ want city residents and business owners to know - they’re ready! Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak and Streets and Snow Removal Deputy Commissioner Henry Jackson, will showcase the new additions to Buffalo’s snow fighting fleet.
Winter Parking Rules On City Bus Routes Won't Go Into Effect Until December 6, 2017
December 1 - The City of Buffalo announced today that the enforcement of winter parking rules has been delayed until at least Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The parking regulations are being delayed based on weather forecasts.
Buffalo's New Urban Lightscape Continues to Expand
Mayor Brown joins one of Buffalo’s oldest parishes as it tests the new exterior lighting of the St. Michael Church Bell Tower, located in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District. The new illumination will add to the pizzazz in downtown Buffalo.
November 27 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Father Benjamin Fiore, S.J., the current pastor of St. Michael Church, were joined by representatives from St. Michael Church, Buffalo Place and members of the downtown Theatre District, to test the illumination of the Saint Michael Church Bell Tower in advance of a formal Illumination Ceremony of the Christ our King Bell Tower, scheduled for January 6, 2018. LED-based fixtures are being used for this special application, which will cast white lighting on the tower, with a focus on the cross.
Mayor Brown stated, “Buffalo has many historic church towers, steeples, and buildings. And, in the Downtown district, we continue to light up our landmarks, illuminating and accenting our City’s rich history and remarkable architecture. I’m pleased to join our ‘lighting partners’ in Buffalo’s Theatre District in welcoming another light show at night. Congratulations to St. Michael Church and its parishioners for adding more downtown pizzazz by brightening the bell tower and façade and shining a positive light on Buffalo, as well as the Jesuit mission.”
Mayor Brown Joins With Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Police Athletic League Officials to Announce the 6th Season of Game Changers Youth Basketball
November 22 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined representatives of the Buffalo Police Department, the Buffalo Police Athletic League, the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services, the North East Basketball Club, and others to announce the 6th season of the popular Game Changers youth basketball program.
“Unlike other youth focused mentoring programs in the community, PAL offers a unique benefit—a police officer as a mentor and role model. This police presence provides numerous advantages, while improving relationships with the community and law enforcement. The Game Changers program also allows youth to not only participate in learning the game of basketball, but it provides youth with the opportunity to participate in workshops with successful adults from their community. These adults will encourage our youth to stay on the right path to achieve success!,” Kemp said.
Mayor Encourages City of Buffalo Residents to Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017
November 22 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today called on City of Buffalo residents to support local businesses when they head out to shop on Small Business Saturday, which is celebrated November 25, 2017.
Mayor Brown also noted that there is no charge for on-street parking on Saturdays and Sundays in the City of Buffalo, which makes allows shoppers to visit the diverse collection of home-grown businesses even easier.
Winter Parking Rules On City Bus Routes Won't Go Into Effect At Least Until December 1, 2017
November 22 - The City of Buffalo announced today that the enforcement of winter parking rules has been delayed until at least Friday, December 1, 2017. The parking regulations are being delayed based on weather forecasts.
Mayor Brown Joined With the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to Announce a New "Local Efforts Supply Drive" To Aid Hurricane Survivors Who Are Seeking Refuge in the Buffalo Area
The new effort will assist more than 400 Hurricane Maria survivors who have come to Buffalo and Western New York to resettle via donations of clothing, household goods, and furniture
November 17 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined with the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to announce a new donation effort. The just-launched ‘Local Efforts Supply Drive’ will assist families who have come to Buffalo and Western New York after losing their homes in Puerto Rico.
“To date, more than 400 people have come from Puerto Rico, after losing their homes and belongings in Hurricane Maria. We expect that number to increase greatly in the weeks ahead, creating a critical need for winter clothing, household goods, and furniture, so they can begin new lives here,” Mayor Brown said. “We are calling on the good neighbors of our community to help by donating the basic items our new neighbors need to settle in.”
Nadia Pizarro, Co-Chair, of the Local Efforts Supply Drive, said the need is immediate.
“They are arriving here with little more than the clothes on their backs and are desperately in need of warm clothing and household basics. Many are families with young children and elderly persons, and we expect the number of arrivals to rise, from a few hundred now, to a few thousand,” Pizarro said.
The ‘Local Efforts Supply Drive’ is also seeking cash donations to assist the newcomers with security deposits and rent payments, as many are currently staying with relatives or good Samaritans.
“In most cases, they have a temporary roof over their heads, but many are in severely, over-crowded quarters, and need to get into apartments of their own as soon as possible,” Pizarro said.
The Local Efforts Supply Drive is partnering with Catholic Charities of Buffalo and St. Vincent de Paul to establish two drop-off locations in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown and the WNY Coalition for Homeless Announce Code Blue and More
November 15 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless’ Code Blue Collaborative (CBC) today announced the start of this year’s “Code Blue” and “Code Blue 32” initiatives. Special recognition was also given to Rich Product’s for donating funds to purchase a new van for Code Blue Collaborative initiatives.
Winter Parking Rules On City Bus Routes Won't Go Into Effect At Least Until November 22, 2017
November 10 - The City of Buffalo announced today that the enforcement of winter parking rules has been delayed until at least Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts.
Mayor Brown, The Police Athletic League of Buffalo Present a Sneak Peek of the Live Auction Items for the 2017 PAL Auction
November 9 – With the 17th Annual PAL Auction just around the corner, Mayor Byron Brown along with the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) Board of Directors are encouraging WNY residents, business owners, and PAL supporters to attend the 17th Annual Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) Auction on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo (5:30pm – 9pm). The auction will raise proceeds that are used to support PAL educational, athletic, and cultural programs that benefit the lives of children ages 5-21.
Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2017 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up
November 8 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown today kicked off the 2017 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up at 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 110, located along the 500 block of Main Street near the corner of Chippewa. Queen City Pop-Up is downtown’s first pop-up retail program designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The project activates empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short term basis, free of charge. Key Success, LLC and Ciminelli Real Estate have agreed to sponsor the retail space for Queen City Pop-Up participants this holiday season.
November 6 – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo, the University Heights Tool Library along with other community groups will sponsor a Community Dare to Repair Café Event on Saturday, November 18th from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at the The Foundry located at 298 Northampton Street in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Submits $22.8 Million City of Buffalo 2018 Capital Budget Proposal
The plan reflects the Brown Administration’s increased emphasis on physical upgrades to City-owned facilities to enhance service efficiencies and cut operational costs, while continuing city-wide improvements to streets, sidewalks, parks and other community assets.
November 1 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today filed his 2018 Proposed Capital Budget Plan which includes $22.8 million for new and ongoing projects to improve or replace City-owned buildings, with the goal of more efficient delivery of services, while also funding projects citywide to continue improving the quality of life for all residents.
Mayor Brown Continues Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program with Pilot Phase of New Speed Hump Installation
November 1 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt and members of the Arden Newburgh Block Club, today announced continuing efforts of the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program with the pilot phase installation of new speed humps. The speed humps are a component of Mayor Brown’s joint traffic-safety initiative between the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Buffalo Police (BPD) aimed at slowing traffic in several locations throughout the City. 10 speed humps have been temporarily placed on 5 targeted roadways in City neighborhoods, based on 311 requests and requested to the DPW and Buffalo Police.
The City’s temporary speed humps are rubber mounds placed on roadways for the purpose of slowing traffic. Speed humps are more gradual than speed bumps, which are commonly seen in parking lots or on private streets. Analysis of residential complaints to Mayor Brown’s 311 Call and Resolution Line, and received by the DPW and BPD, determined the location for the speed humps during this pilot phase. The speed humps will be installed on a temporary basis to promote compliance with the speed limit and to warn motorists that the given location is a focus of the City for compliance. Police enforcement may follow the removal of the speed humps, based on observed compliance.
Mayor Brown Congratulates Permits and Inspection Services on Being an Exemplary Employer of People with Disabilities
October 30 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today applauded the City of Buffalo Department of Permits and Inspection Services for receiving statewide recognition for its efforts to help people with disabilities become members of the City workforce. The award was presented as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Mayor Brown, Erie County Executive Polancarz and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
New Renovate Right! billboards, to increase public awareness of Lead Safe Work Practices, make debut throughout City of Buffalo and Erie County
October 27 – Mayor Byron W. Brown joined with Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and representatives of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to unveil new billboards to educate City of Buffalo and Erie County residents on lead-safe renovation practices.
Mayor Brown Celebrates a Record-Breaking Clean Sweep Season
October 26 - Mayor Byron Brown and members of the City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services Save Our Streets (SOS) Task Force completed the 2017 clean sweep season today by marking the city’s record-breaking 32nd clean sweep, the most ‘sweeps’ ever conducted in a single season.
Mayor Brown Announces the Start of Buffalo Leaf Recycling Program
October 14 – Mayor Byron Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will collect bagged leaves and yard waste from now until December 1st. City residents can put their bagged leaves at the curb during this time period for composting.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo Fire Celebrate Fire Prevention and Safety Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month and firehouses throughout the city are hosting open houses to encourage increased fire safety and prevention in Buffalo
October 10 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will celebrate National Fire Prevention Month by hosting six Open Houses at firehouses citywide. Free smoke detectors with 10- year non-removable batteries, coloring books and fire prevention safety tips will be distributed. The fire prevention and safety events are designed to educate children and families about fire safety, and provide them with a behind-the-scenes view of the job of a firefighter.
As New Sabres Season Begins, Mayor Brown and North Buffalo Hockey Celebrate Major Upgrades at Lafayette Ice Rink
October 7 – Youth hockey in Buffalo continues to grow strong in a city that’s ranked as one of the top Hockey Cities in the country. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown joined dignitaries on the ice, including Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto and skaters, to celebrate the completion of a new ice-making system at the North Buffalo’s Lafayette Ice Rink, the most critical component of an ice rink. The $1.5 million upgrade brings the Brown Administration’s total investment in the facility since 2006 to over $3.4 million.
“Youth hockey in our city is a growing game,” said Mayor Brown. “The ice-making system upgrade at the Lafayette Ice Rink will further improve the hockey experience for the growing demand of boys and girls who strap on their skates, and take to the ice. I’m pleased we’ve been able to provide so many new improvements to this valuable facility in North Buffalo, and I congratulate the Bison Hockey Organization for the outstanding job it has done operating this rink.”
The North Buffalo Bison Hockey Association, formed in 1959, manages the Lafayette Ice Rink and is currently made up of 400 dedicated families, who have volunteered to bring about long needed improvements at the rink.
In addition to the new ice-making system, other past improvements to the rink include: a new Zamboni, dasher boards, protective glass, locker room upgrades and a new scoreboard. City crews also installed new lighting units and reflective ceilings for increased visibility on ice surfaces.
“Hockey is not only who we are in Buffalo. It’s how we live,” said Mayor Brown. “As our economic revitalization continues in Buffalo, our City is also becoming a destination for players and the hockey world. With the new Sabres season now underway, with the opening of HarborCenter and its popularity among hockey fans, and with strong youth hockey programs citywide, we continue to improve the quality of life for all of our residents, while attracting increased investment and job growth.”
For the second straight year and fourth time in 10 seasons, the Sabres will get their home schedule started with the Montreal Canadiens. Buffalo will host Montreal at 7 p.m. on October 5, 2017.
Traffic Advisory From the City of Buffalo Parking Department in Advance of the Buffalo Sabres Season Opener
October 4 – As the Buffalo Sabres season opener gets underway on Thursday night, the City of Buffalo Parking Department offers the following suggestions for hockey fans who plan to attend the 7 pm game to ensure a friendly and efficient experience.
• Motorists are encouraged to park in convenient, city-owned parking ramps, with prices ranging from $2 to $10. The ramps closest to Key Bank Center are the One Seneca Ramp and the Adam Ramp. However, all of the city-owned parking facilities are located within walking distance of the light-rail on Main Street. For more information about the locations, please visit Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps (BCAR) website at bcarparking.com.
For the second straight year and fourth time in 10 seasons, the Sabres will get their home schedule started with the Montreal Canadiens. Buffalo will host Montreal at 7 p.m. on October 5, 2017. The top of Buffalo City Hall will be lit blue and gold from October 4 through 8 pm on October 5th, in recognition of the start of a new Sabres Season.
Mayor Byron W. Brown And Buffalo Police Collaborate With Residents For 'Coffee With A Cop' Day
October 4 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Police kicked off ‘Coffee with a Cop’ day in the City of Buffalo today at the Tim Horton’s at Delaware and Linden. Coffee with a Cop is a national law enforcement program that brings police officers and the community members they serve together—over coffee—to discuss community topics, learn more about each other and build relationships in an informal, positive environment.
“I want our Buffalo Police officers and residents to continue to respect one another and foster positive relationships,” said Mayor Brown. “Taking part in ‘Coffee with a Cop’ day is part of our ongoing efforts to engage community members and police as we work together to build an even stronger Buffalo for all.”
‘Coffee with a Cop’ provides city residents the opportunity to sit down with officers, ask questions and share what’s on their mind. Community members and police officers get to know each other and discover mutual goals for their community.
Mayor Brown, WNY Latino Leadership Continue To Raise Funds For Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief
Over $15,000 collected locally - to date - for the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund
October 3 – Financial donations for victims of Hurricane Maria continue to pour it at The Belle Center in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo and The Roebling Avenue Block Club Sponsor Community Recycling Event
October 2 - Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo will sponsor a Community Shredding and Recycling Event on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. The Roebling Avenue Block Club will host the event, located on the corner of Roebling and East Delavan Avenues.
Donations for Maria Victims are Pouring in at Buffalo Drop-Off Sites (Go-Fund-Me account link)
Donations for victims of Hurricane Maria are steadily piling up at various donation drive drop-off locations, including Buffalo City Hall, after Mayor Byron W. Brown, in conjunction with the Western New York Latino Leadership, launched a city-wide donation initiative to aid persons impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Mayor Brown Kicks Off Minority-And-Women-Owned Businesses (MBE/WBE) Week in Buffalo
September 25 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today kicked off and highlighted a week of activity focused on Minority-and- Women-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) in Buffalo by issuing a proclamation, declaring September 25-29, 2017 as MBE/WBE Week in the City of Buffalo, in support of the great value Minority-and-Women-owned businesses have to the community.
"One of my top priorities has always been to ensure that all businesses have the opportunity to compete and succeed," said Mayor Brown. "Minority-and-women-owned businesses are of great value to the City of Buffalo and I thank our partners who are sponsoring events this week that help us with our ongoing efforts to grow small businesses locally and throughout our region."
Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund - Mayor Byron W. Brown and WNY Hispanic Leaders Mobilize Community To Aid Puerto Rico
September 22 – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, catastrophic, category 4 Hurricane Maria made direct impact across the entire island of Puerto Rico. It left the entire island without electricity and knocked down cell towers, stopping all communications and other major damage. Many residents had gone days without water or electricity even before Hurricane Maria hit due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. With Buffalo having one of the largest Puerto Rican communities outside of the island, it has personally affected many city residents who have struggled in recent days, not knowing if their loved ones are safe.
Mayor Brown Announces Winners of Let's Do This! Community Recycling Competition
September 18 - Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that Roebling Avenue Block Club was the top winner of the City of Buffalo’s Let’s DO This! Block Club Recycling Competition. The Roebling Avenue Block Club increased community participation in curbside recycling by 167%! Second place went to the Walden Heights Community Block Club. As winners of the competition, these Block Clubs will receive a Community Shredding Event and/or a Community Garden. Winners were announced at the Apollo Media Center.
Mayor Brown Announces Start Of $5.7 Million Streetscape Phase Of The $70 Million Northland Corridor Project
Work began today on a major upgrade of Northland Avenue which will create an attractive, walkable corridor to link the new workforce training and jobs campus to the neighborhood
September 15 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that work is now underway on the $5.7 million streetscape phase of the $70 million Northland Corridor project. Crews began the complete transformation of Northland Avenue, between Grider Street and Fillmore Avenue, which will create an attractive, walkable and safe corridor that will link the East Side neighborhood to the 35-acre training and jobs campus.
“A major focus of the streetscape project is to connect the on-site work, that’s well underway, to the community, helping to transform the surrounding neighborhood,” Mayor Brown said.
The streetscape project, which will be complete in late 2018, includes all new water and sewer lines, street paving, new curbs and sidewalks, new greenscape – featuring many street trees and plantings, and LED streetlights.
Another highlight will be the new traffic signal at this intersection to accommodate expected additional pedestrian traffic entering the re-imagined site.
Mayor Brown Joined Joe Dash, Owner of Dash's Markets To Break Ground For A New State-Of-The-Art Dash's Market On Hertel Avenue
The new 47,500-square-foot, two-story Dash’s Market will be built at the corner of Hertel and Starin avenues, replacing the existing market,
September 12 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Joe Dash, owner of Dash’s Markets, to break ground for a $13 million project which will bring a state-of-the-art Dash’s to the corner of Hertel and Starin avenues.
“This is yet another example of a veteran Buffalo business reinvesting in the City. It also continues the surge of momentum we’ve been witnessing of booming business along the Hertel Avenue business corridor,” Mayor Brown said. “Joe’s family has been in the grocery business in Buffalo for nearly a century, and I wish them the best of luck for many decades to come.”
Demolition will begin at the site this month, with the new store slated to open by October 1, 2018. The new, 47,500-square-foot, two-story Dash’s, will replace the current 13,000-square-foot market, located only a few feet away, at 1770 Hertel Ave.
Donations for Harvey Victims are Filling Up at Buffalo City Hall
Mayor Brown’s city-wide donation initiative to aid persons impacted by Hurricane Harvey continues as UB Smile Team drops off donations for Houston Hurricane Victims. Items will be transported to Texas on September 11th, the national day of service which commemorates the victims, survivors and first-responders of the 9/11 attacks.
Mayor Brown Calls On Buffalo Residents To Donate Basic Household and School Supplies to the Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Mayor Byron W. Brown was joined by Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Major Thomas Applin of the Buffalo Salvation Army and Buffalo Common Council Members to detail the collection effort
September 3 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today called on Buffalo residents to participate in a city-wide donation initiative to aid persons impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“As the City of Good Neighbors, we understand the importance of helping out those in need. Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas, particularly the residents of Houston, need our help and we are honored to lend a hand,” Mayor Brown said. “Basic personal care and back-to-school items are badly needed and will be much-appreciated by so many who have lost so much to Hurricane Harvey. I have no doubt Buffalo residents will open their hearts and wallets to purchase and donate these basic necessities.”
The list of requested items include: new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, towels, blankets, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, shampoo, cases of water, crayons, pencils, pens and notebooks.
Mayor Brown Hosts 16th Annual Reading Rules! Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge Celebration
More than 2,000 Champion Readers – the largest number in the program’s history – successfully completed the 2017 summer reading challenge
September 2 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today celebrated the success of more than 2,000 local K-12 grade students who successfully completed the 16th Annual Mayor’s Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge.
Mayor Brown began “Reading Rules!” in 2001, while serving 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. Since 2006, nearly 15,000 students have completed what is now known as Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge.
Mayor Brown and People Inc. Break Ground For New Jefferson Avenue Apartments
August 28 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and People Inc. broke ground for the new Jefferson Avenue Apartments today. Located at 1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, the apartments will be a vibrant community with individuals of mixed incomes and those with developmental disabilities who live independently and part of the strategic
The highly anticipated site development is located on two lots running between Dodge Street and Northampton on Jefferson Avenue. It will consist of 84 mixed-income apartments, with approximately 16 to be reserved for individuals with developmental disabilities who live independently.
The $24 million site development anticipates funding sources coming from the City of Buffalo, Empire State Development, NYS Housing Finance Agency, NYS Housing and Community Renewal and the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Federal Low-income Housing Tax Credits and State Low-income Housing Tax Credit.
Mayor Byron W. Brown stated, “From the day I took office over a decade ago, we’ve aggressively supported affordable housing in Buffalo and this project is a great fit for the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood, complementing my Administration’s $50 million investment plan for this community. Since 2006, we’ve invested over $34 million in affordable housing, an investment that has leveraged over $333 million in residential development and the creation of over 1,400 units of affordable housing citywide. I applaud People Inc. for these mixed-income apartments that include units designed to accommodate persons with disabilities, a wonderful new contribution to the historic Jefferson Avenue neighborhood.”
Mayor Brown Invites Residents and Visitors to The 16th Year of The National Buffalo Wing Festival 2017; Festival Expected to Draw People World-Wide
August 23 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and National Buffalo Wing Festival Founder Drew Cerza announced that The National Buffalo Wing Festival, one of the country’s most beloved food festivals, returns to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York Sept. 2-3 to celebrate its 16th year. The festival, which attracted 70,000+ attendees from all 50 states and 46 different countries last year, will feature more than 30 local, regional, national, and international eateries serving over 100 styles of chicken wings as well as other festival favorite foods.
Mayor Brown Announces Long-Term Contract to Bring State-of-the-Art Movie Theater to Downtown Buffalo's Market Arcade Complex
The Benchmark Group and AMC Theatres have inked a deal to open an all-new AMC Market Arcade 8 by Summer 2018, in space which formerly housed the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre
August 23 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined with The Benchmark Group to announce a long-term lease agreement has been reached to locate a state-of-the-art AMC Theatre in downtown Buffalo’s Market Arcade complex. The AMC Market Arcade 8 will be located in renovated space which was previously home to the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, located at 639 Main St., which closed in June 2014.
“This will be a completely new movie complex. This theater will make downtown Buffalo and the City of Buffalo an even more attractive destination for people living in the city, and throughout the region,” Mayor Brown said. “It will add more excitement to the Theatre District, and attract more patrons for our other downtown businesses.”
The Mayor applauded The Benchmark Group and AMC Theatres for negotiating a long-term lease which will result in a $9 million investment in the downtown site.
“When The Benchmark Group began talks with AMC in 2014 about a downtown theater, I had faith this day would come. Both Benchmark and AMC worked through some unforeseen circumstances in the negotiation process, but I’m pleased both parties stuck with it to reach a deal that’s a big win for the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said.
The 35,000-square-foot building will feature eight auditoriums with more than 650 comfortable AMC Signature recliners. The theater will feature reserved seating and ticketless entry, the latest in sight and sound technology, Coca-Cola Freestyle, and AMC Feature Fare, an expanded menu far beyond the traditional movie theatre fare.=
Let The Puerto Rican And Hispanic Day Parade Celebrations Begin
In preparation for the 15th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade, Mayor Brown raises the flag at Niagara Square
Mayor Brown Announces Next Street Selected as Program Operator of The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center
Next Street has a track record of operating successful small business advisory service centers for underserved populations in major cities across the U.S.
August 10 – Mayor Byron W. Brown joined with representatives of the National Development Council and Community Development Properties, Buffalo, Inc. to announce the selection of Next Street, as the program operator of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center.
The advisory firm, with offices in New York City, Boston, and Chicago, was selected following a national RFP process that started in January.
Sitting at the intersection of small business and economic development, Next Street provides strategic and capital advice to revitalize communities, grow businesses, and create jobs. The firm serves an array of clients ranging from small businesses to large institutions and government agencies, and brings deep experience providing financing solutions, training, and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and urban businesses.
By focusing on business planning and strategy, and linking them to additional capital, Next Street helps businesses expand their capacity to serve more clients and handle larger jobs. Most of the firm’s small business clients are in low- and moderate-income areas and nearly three-fourths are minority or women-owned.
Mayor Brown Welcomes City Seniors To Annual Summer BBQ
1,500 city seniors attend Mayor Brown’s annual Summer Picnic
August 9 - Mayor Byron W. Brown honored city seniors today at his annual Senior Citizen Summer Picnic. This year, the event was held at Front Park on Porter Avenue and attracted 1,500 seniors from neighborhoods city wide.
“I am grateful to our city seniors for working, raising families, and contributing to the success of the Buffalo community,” said Mayor Brown. “My annual summer picnic is our way of thanking our seniors for their continued dedication and contributions to Buffalo.”
For more information about activities for city seniors, call the City of Buffalo Division of Senior Services at (716) 851-4141.
Mayor Brown Welcomes 16 New BPD Police Recruits in an Official Swearing-in Ceremony
August 7 – Continuing his commitment to public safety and community policing, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, today welcomed 16 new Buffalo Police Department recruits to the force. The new recruits took the oath of office during an official swearing-in ceremony at Buffalo Police Headquarters.
Mayor Brown Announces Traffic Safety Initiative
August 3 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. today launched a new joint traffic-safety initiative between the Department of Public Works and Buffalo Police aimed at slowing traffic in several locations throughout the city. Standing along Amherst Street at Reservation, Mayor Brown announced that a portable electronic speed read-out sign is now in place in an effort to slow motorists down along a corridor known for chronic speeding. Analysis of residential complaints to Mayor Brown’s 311 Call and Resolution Line determined the location. The new traffic calming program, announced earlier this year during Mayor Brown’s Budget Message, also includes increased enforcement of traffic laws by police in targeted neighborhoods.
Mayor Brown Celebrates 2017 National Night Out Attending Neighborhood Gatherings Citywide
August 1 – Mayor Byron W. Brown spent an evening visiting Buffalo neighborhoods to celebrate 2017 National Night Out. The 34th annual nationwide celebration of neighborhood unity, which took place in more than 16,000 communities across America, is aimed at building neighborhood camaraderie, while reinforcing relationships between residents and local police and fire personnel.
“Once again our block clubs have enthusiastically embraced National Night Out with gatherings in every area of the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said. “The National Night Out initiative helps promote education and create dialogue between residents and our first responders, while also providing our citizens with information on our key city services.”
Mayor Brown Announces Start of Recruiting for the Northland Corridor Project Pre-Apprenticeship Program
July 28 – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced recruiting for the Northland Corridor Project Pre- Apprenticeship Program is underway. The first applications were made available Thursday evening, at the fourth in a series of Community Workforce Outreach meetings regarding the over $60 million project. The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is part of the Northland Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. (BUDC) and the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council for the rehabilitation of 683 Northland Ave into the Northland Workforce Training Center, which was signed in June.
“Through the PLA we are able to ensure Buffalo’s diverse communities will share in promise of construction job opportunities that will come out of this game-changing economic development project.
Mayor Brown Announces First in Series of Next Generation Design Projects
Major Bridge and Streetscape investment will further revitalize Cazenovia Park area,
July 23 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, State Senator Timothy Kennedy, and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon today announced the scope of a $5 million infrastructure improvement project in South Buffalo. The project, funded in last year’s State Budget as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s key priority infrastructure advancement plan, includes the rehabilitation of the Warren Spahn Bridge, streetscape improvements to Abbott Road and continues Mayor Brown’s plan to transform all City neighborhoods into vibrant communities where residents and business owners can continue to live, work and invest.
Mayor Brown Announces The Opening of Broderick Station
July 14 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera, joined by State Assembly Member Sean Ryan, Jon Dandes of Be Our Guest, Ltd., Deputy Parks Commissioner Andrew Rabb and other Broderick Park community supporters, today attended the ceremonial grand opening of “Broderick Park Station”, a new food experience at Broderick Park. Be Our Guest, Ltd. - a Rich Products Subsidiary - will operate the concession stand.
Former Buffalo Public School 59 Redeveloped into Affordable Parkview Apartments
July 13 - New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), R+A+R Development and SA+A Development formally celebrated the opening of Parkview Apartments, an $8 million project that converted the vacant Public School 59 building in the East Side community of Buffalo to 26 units of affordable apartments for low-income New Yorkers. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, joined HCR, R+A+R, S+A, Mayor Byron Brown, Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes, Senator Tim Kennedy, and development and community partners for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The four-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 769 Best Street was constructed in 1901. It now includes a community room, laundry room, laundry facilities, an elevator and playground. Parkview is directly across the street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and is near shopping and services. Rent plus utilities range from $362 to $751 a month and are affordable to households at or below 50 percent of the area median income.
“All of Buffalo’s residents deserve a safe and affordable place to live, and as we build a City of opportunity, to ensure everyone benefits from Buffalo’s rising prosperity, we’re focused on our continued commitment to further strengthen neighborhoods by providing the best housing possible,” said Mayor Byron Brown.
Mayor Brown and Mayor Redekop Celebrate Friendship Between Buffalo and Fort Erie
Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fort Erie Mayor Wayne H. Redekop kick off festivities for the 31st annual Fort Erie Friendship Festival
July 12 – As part of the kick-off to the annual Fort Erie Friendship Festival, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Mayor Wayne H. Redekop gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to recognize the strong and continued friendship between the two cities, as well as between the United States and Canada. The Mayors celebrated the relationship between Buffalo and Southern Niagara, particularly the cultural and economic trade that both regions have established and continue to further strengthen year after year.
Mayor Brown, Council Member Feroleto Announce Developer Chosen to Transform Former North Park Library into an Italian Cultural Center
$1 million redevelopment project furthers Mayor Brown’s commitment to strengthen neighborhoods citywide, fostering increased investment and job growth
“I’m encouraged by the positive momentum we continue to see in neighborhoods Citywide and with more people wanting to live and work in Buffalo, the new Italian Cultural Center will restore this beautiful building in one of Buffalo’s many wonderful neighborhoods,” said Mayor Brown. “I look forward to working with Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo on the transformation of the former North Park Library.”
Council Member Feroleto stated, “We are excited to see the rehabilitation of this historic building. To have an Italian Cultural Center located in the heart of North Buffalo will further strengthen our position as a destination place for all individuals, families and businesses.”
The 90-year-old-plus former North Park Library, located on the corner of Delaware and Hertel, was recently granted landmark status by the Buffalo Common Council. The Designated Developer, Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo, is proposing to redevelop the former library into an Italian Cultural Center at an estimated cost of $1 million.
“The Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo is thrilled to be designated as developer for this vital project that will benefit Buffalo for generations to come,” said Dr. Frank Giacobbe of the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo. “The cultural center will further strengthen the Hertel Business District, while promoting Italian culture throughout Buffalo and Western New York.”
The Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote Italian culture and history in the Western New York area. The new Cultural Center will be a meeting place where Italians, Italian-Americans, and members of every community with an interest in Italian culture will gather to celebrate Italian culture and traditions.
Mayor Brown Kicks Off Outdoor Pool Season
July 3 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera joined city families at Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park today to launch the 2017 City of Buffalo summer pool season. To kick off the celebration, Mayor Brown invited children to take part in the ceremonial “First Jump”.
“My administration is constantly working to make this city an even greater place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Brown. “With 8 outdoor pools, 11 splash pads and 2 wading pools, our facilities provide a great respite for those who love the water.”
All city pools, except Shoshone Pool, opened on July First and will remain open through Labor Day. Pool hours are: 11am – 7pm, 6 days a weeks, closed one day weekly as posted at each pool. City splash pads are now open, too. Shoshone Pool is currently undergoing $1.2 million in renovations and will be closed for the season.
Mayor Brown Opens Temporary Police Substation at Canalside
July 1 – In a continued effort to make destinations even safer this summer, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Council President Darius Pridgen, joined by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, DPW Commissioner Steve Stepniak, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) President Thomas Dee, Canalside General Manager Matt LaSota, and President of Rich Baseball Operations and Be Our Guest Ltd. Jonathan A. Dandes, officially opened a new temporary police substation at Canalside. The police substation is located at the corner of Marine Drive and Hanover.
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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