Mayor Brown, BPD Commissioner Derenda Announce Recruitment Campaign Results For Police Exam
May 17, 2016 - Recruitment Campaign attracts an increase in the number of city resident applicants; with recruitment campaign over, city moves to ensure applicants are ready for police exam. Police exam is scheduled for June 18, 2016.
Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda today announced that – to date - 2,456 City of Buffalo residents recently applied to join the Buffalo Police Department. The last exam was administered by the City in 2011 and attracted 2,370 city residents. 51% of those who applied this year are minority applicants. The latest numbers were driven, in part, by a recruitment campaign by the City of Buffalo over the past two months designed to attract high-quality, diverse candidates who reflect the makeup of the city.
“Public safety remains a top priority and as we continue to grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity, I thank the city residents who answered our call to serve and protect their fellow residents, businesses and visitors to the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “To continue strengthening the relationship between our police officers and communities all across Buffalo, we must keep building a police force that represents the diversity of our entire city. That is what this recruitment campaign successfully aimed to do and we will continue to find more ways to build relationships and make our neighborhoods even safer and our city even stronger.”
In the latest pool of applicants, nearly 33 % are African-American, over 12% are Hispanic, and over 5% are classified as other- helping BPD reach its goal of increasing diversity among its ranks. 29% of applicants are women.
“The City of Buffalo is proud to have one of the finest police departments in the state and a department that places community policing as a top priority,” said BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “Buffalo police officers play an extremely important role in ensuring our residents enjoy a good quality of life, while upholding and enforcing the laws that protect residents and visitors alike. With a police force that further reflects the demographics of the city, we’ll be better positioned to successfully practice community policing.”
For the past two months, the Department used a variety of tools to recruit potential police officers, including visits to churches, schools and community events across the city. The Department also developed campaign materials in English and Spanish, promoted the recruitment campaign on radio stations, in weekly publications, through social media and aired public service announcements on Government Channel 22.
With the application process now complete, the exam will be given on June 18, 2016. To help applicants prepare for the written exam, the City provided all applicants with a test preparation guide in person or on-line that includes information about the exam and sample questions. In addition, a test preparation class for applicants, in advance of the police exam, will be held.
The Buffalo Police Department offers excellent benefits to becoming an officer. Salaries range from $50,373 to $66,031. Benefit packages include health, dental and optical coverage, vacation/sick pay, retirement plan and a continued education stipend.
Mayor Holds 2nd Annual Buffalo Senior Lunch and Wellness Fair
May 12, 2016 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today sponsored the City of Buffalo’s 2nd Annual Senior Lunch and Wellness Fair at the Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center. The free event provided an opportunity for senior to speak to dozens of local health associations about their services.
Seniors had the opportunity to participate in free health screenings, cooking and exercise demonstrations, and a wellness walk. A healthy were also provided, along with a healthy breakfast and snacks.
“This senior-focused health fair provides one-stop shopping for our older residents to make connections with more than 30 local healthcare organizations, offering the types of services they need. It’s also a great opportunity for our seniors to learn new ways to maintain their health through exercise and nutrition,” Mayor Brown said.
There are more than 70,000 senior citizens living in Buffalo, according to Douglas Ruffin, Director, City of Buffalo Division of Senior Services.
“And that number is growing, especially in our oldest age brackets as they are living longer. A one-stop event like this is so important because as more of our residents age out of driving, it’s so helpful to them to be able to make so many contacts in one setting,” Director Ruffin said.
The wellness event was sponsored by the City of Buffalo, United Healthcare, Centers Healthcare, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Lovejoy Councilmember Richard Fontana and the Schiller Park Senior Center.
Participating healthcare agencies, organizations, providers and businesses included: Aetna Health Connections, Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Buffalo Hearing & Speech, Catholic Charities (Senior Day Program, LIFE and Physical Therapy}, Dr. William Holley, Century Wellness, Community Action Organization, Erie County Department of Health, Erie County Medical Center ( Advanced Care Planning, Outpatient Rehab and Trauma Injury Prevention), Erie County Senior Services, Massage/Navigator for NYS Affordable Healthcare Act, Meals on Wheels, Natural Wellness Solutions, Olmsted Center for Sight, Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sheridan Surgical, University at Buffalo Dental, UNYTS, WNY Independent Living and Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.
CAN A BICYCLE BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE?
Dear Fellow Citizens:
In early Buffalo, around the turn of the century, it was legions of bicycle riders that championed the cause for paved streets – placing Buffalo on the forefront of American cities.
Because of the freedom and independence offered by a bike, women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony went so far as to say the bicycle had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”.
More than a century later, communities that have invested in cycling infrastructure, including Buffalo, have seen a tremendous return in commerce, in new residents, in tax dollars, in the health of residents, and in greater engagement at the community level.
Mayor Brown Announces The City of Buffalo Lead Hazard Control Program
May 4, 2016 - This multi-pronged initiative, to reduce exposure to lead-based paint hazards, will include lead-focused amendments to City’s Rental Registry Law, a Lead Education Awareness Program, and lead testing and remediation partnerships
Mayor Byron W. Brown today unveiled a multi-pronged initiative: The City of Buffalo Lead Hazard Control Program – Legislate, Collaborate, Educate and Remediate. This aggressive initiative, to reduce Buffalo residents’ exposure to hazards from lead-based paint, includes key amendments to the City Charter, City Code, and the city’s Rental Registry Law requiring:
All landlords on the City’s Rental Registry must certify they are aware of their property’s lead levels and agree to follow Federal guidelines for renovation and repair
Property managers will be required to obtain Federal Remediation Lead Safe Certification
Landlords in the City of Buffalo will be required to disclose lead conditions to tenants.
Certificates of Occupancy will be denied, if there is a lead-based paint hazard present
As Mayor Brown’s proposed in his FY 2017 City Budget, unveiled April 29, the City’s Rental Registration Fee will be doubled. That increase will allow 25 percent of fees collected, a minimum of $250,000, annually, to be dedicated to lead issues. Additionally, $205,000 will be made available to start the program this year. The plan will provide funds to make 150 Buffalo units Lead-Safe each year. Read More...
Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop-Up
May 5, 2016 - Queen City Pop-Up: 2016 Spring Edition runs from May 5, 2016 through July 31, 2016
Highlighting the important role all small businesses play in growing the Buffalo economy, Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation, declaring May 8th-14th Small Business Week in Buffalo
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown kicked off the Queen City Pop-Up: 2016 Spring Edition at 517 Main Street - located along the newly renovated 500 block of Main Street. Queen City Pop-Up, launched in 2014, 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. New 500 Block, LLC has agreed to sponsor the retail space for the spring 2016 Queen City Pop-Up participants.
Mayor Brown stated, “We are experiencing unprecedented development, excitement, and growth in the downtown area, and positioning the 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop-Up along the newly renovated 500 Block of Main Street is adding to the momentum. Buffalo’s downtown Main Street and our significant investment in the Cars Sharing Main Street program play a vital role in Buffalo’s new era of opportunity. The Queen City Pop-Up program complements our collaborative efforts, encouraging growth in the downtown area, attracting even more people to downtown Buffalo, while creating increased opportunity for investment and job growth.”
A Request for Proposals was issued in March to identify local retailers interested in participating in this downtown retail effort. A selection committee, comprised of representatives from the Queen City Pop-Up partner organizations, reviewed the proposals and determined the program finalists. Four local retailers were selected to participate in the 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop:
The Atinga Project
Buffalo Loves Tees
These small businesses offer a unique mix of items including Buffalo themed merchandise, local artwork, vintage clothing and purses, hand-made jewelry, custom T-shirts, and hand-crafted footwear and accessories. Read More...
Mayor Brown, County Executive Poloncarz Participate In Holocaust Commemoration
April 22, 2016 - Mayor Brown and County Executive Poloncarz Issue Joint Proclamation Honoring Holocaust Victims
Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, joined today by members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo and leaders of the Jewish community, took part in a candle lighting ceremony commemorating Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day. Mayor Brown and County Executive Poloncarz also issued a joint proclamation declaring the week of May 1-8, 2016 as the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust in Buffalo and Erie County.
Mayor Byron Brown stated, “Today’s ceremony recognizes the millions of innocent lives that were lost during one of the darkest chapters in human history and reminds us of the importance of confronting all forms of hatred so that this never happens again. With recent world events, we’ve seen that evil still exists and know that it’s up to us to confront acts of hatred and violence. In Buffalo, we continue to join together in support of peace and security for our families – which is significant when we remember the horrors of the Holocaust. I ask residents today to renew their dedication to preserving the lessons of history. Let us choose to be kind and peaceful to make this world a better place for all.”
“I am honored to be here today and to be joined by Mayor Brown and the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo to remember the millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Each year we join together to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that this crime never happens again,” said County Executive Poloncarz. “While I am not Jewish, a Polish cousin of my grandfather died by the Nazis’ hands in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, one of the millions of people murdered by them. Today we embrace the memories of those who died while reminding this generation of what happened there and why it must never happen again.”
The ceremony included the lighting of 6 candles, each one representing a million Jews who were murdered. Poloncarz and Brown were joined in lighting candles by Dr. Sol Messinger, Holocaust Survivor and Holocaust Resource Center Board Member; Howard Rosenhoch, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo; Rabbi Josh Strosberg of Kehillat Ohr Tzion; and Reed Taylor, a member of the Holocaust Resource Center board. The lighting of each candle was accompanied by a short commemorative reading.
Israel’s Knesset originally established Yom Hashoah as a day to memorialize the 6 million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis from 1933-1945. Ceremonies marking the occasion were held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, which marks the day when Allied troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany in 1945. It is also the first month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar. Countries around the world include memorial services, poetry readings, lectures, and musical presentations as part of their own observances. For more information on Yom Hashoah visit: http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/
Mayor Brown Hosts 'Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day' At Buffalo City Hall
April 22, 2016 - For the 9th consecutive year, Mayor Byron W. Brown today welcomed the children of City of Buffalo employees to City Hall as part of the national “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work” program. Between now and April 28, 2016, millions of youth and young adults are expected to participate in the annual event at workplaces across the country.
“I’m always happy to welcome the children of our employees to historic Buffalo City Hall,” said Mayor Brown. “Today’s program not only gives our youth the opportunity to shadow their parents or relatives at work, it exposes girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day, while also showing them the value of their education.”
While the children were given time to spend with their parents, various activities were also planned throughout the day to give the children insight into what some of the City of Buffalo Departments do, including: a presentation by the Buffalo Animal Shelter, Buffalo Police K-9 unit, SWAT team and Underwater Recovery Team; the opportunity to attend a press conference; a meet and greet with Common Council members and a tour of the Council Chambers; a presentation at Buffalo Fire Headquarters; and a visit to the City Hall Observation Deck.
All participants received a certificate of achievement from Mayor Brown and information on the Mayor’s Kids Summer Reading Challenge and Summer Youth Employment Program. Participants were also provided with a free lunch voucher, a free book courtesy of Mayor Brown and the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, as well as dentistry supplies from University Pediatric Dentistry.
Mayor Brown Celebrates First Anniversary Of Buffalo's 34andMore Recycling Initiative
April 22, 2016 - City’s curbside recycling rate rises 2.9 percent, to 25.7 percent
As Buffalo and the rest of our nation officially observe Earth Day, today Buffalo is also celebrating the First Anniversary of our 34and MORE recycling initiative. A year ago today, Mayor Byron W. Brown unveiled an ambitious program with the goal of diverting 34 percent of solid waste from the landfill stream by 2017, through recycling, reuse, enhanced yard waste collection and a vibrant educational outreach component.
“Today I can tell you the 34andMore effort is working. In 2015, we achieved a 25.7 percent diversion rate, which is a 2.9 percent increase over 2014. As I said in my State of the City Address, we will be building on that success in 2016 with a new incentive program to be unveiled in our 2016-17 City Budget. As we continue to educate our residents about all they can do to reduce what ends up in landfills, I am confident 34andMore is attainable,” Mayor Brown said.
Since its inception in 2015, the 34andMORE campaign has resulted in numerous positive results:
Residents recycled over 29 million pounds of recyclables in the City’s curbside single stream green recycling totes – the highest amount ever!
The City expanded operations at its Drop-Off Recycling location, at 1120 Seneca St., allowing residents to recycling electronic waste, yard waste, and appliances, five days a week, and the first Saturday of each month.
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods was formed to encourage clothing recycling with nonprofit organizations. This initiative was one of the first in New York State!
The City of Buffalo Streets and Sanitation Departments expanded its yard waste compost collection from two weeks, to eight weeks, leading to a 40 percent increase in yard waste composting!
The City doubled its Hazardous Waste Collection program to two collections per year.
The City worked with Buffalo Public Schools to ensure all schools have recycling programs, while providing classroom programing on recycling to over 20 classrooms.
Recycling took place at 229 Special Events in Buffalo in 2015, with “Recycling Rangers” manning informational tables at several of the largest gatherings.
The City reached out to over 6,000 households through neighborhood Block Clubs and 30 “Clean Sweep” events.
The City Clerk’s Office distributed 34andMORE door hangers to more than 10,000 households, and 70,000 of the informational cards were sent out with water bills.
We staged a record number of waste reduction events, including: Community Paper Shredding, Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs, Saturday E-Waste Collections, Post-holiday Christmas tree, holiday lights, E-Waste collections, and Clothing/Textile Collection Days.
With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February, to the Taste of Buffalo, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and the National Buffalo Garden Festival (which features America's largest garden walk) in the summer, our events bring in visitors from all over the world.
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