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Due to the Christmas Holiday City Hall will be closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014. Due to the New Years Day Holiday City Hall will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015.
CITY OF BUFFALO GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION MAY RESULT IN ONE-DAY DELAY FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS DUE TO CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAYS
The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works wants to remind city residents and business owners that if their regular scheduled garbage and recycling pick-up day falls on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014, their regular scheduled pick-up will be delayed by one day. So for example - regular scheduled Wednesday pick-up on Christmas Eve, December 24th, won’t change, but Thursday pick-up (Christmas Day) will occur on Friday, and regularly scheduled Friday pick-up will occur on Saturday.
In the same way during New Year’s week, Thursday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Saturday. All other scheduled garbage pick-ups will remain the same.
If you have any further questions, please call 311. Happy Holidays from the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
City of Buffalo Announces Designation As Citizen-Engaged Community For 2014-2016
This prestigious designation by the Public Technology Institute recognizes Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo Citizen’s Participation Academy, 311 mobile app and other innovative channels offered at the Division of Citizen Services as a means to effectively engage residents in citizen participation; this is Buffalo’s third PTI designation award
December 23, 2014 – As Government contact centers increasingly become the face of government to the public – challenged to provide centralized citizen contact centers that effectively utilize new technology for fast, friendly and responsible service - Mayor Byron Brown is pleased to announce Buffalo’s third designation as a Public Technology Institute (PTI) Citizen Engaged Community for 2014-2016. Buffalo is among a select group of cities nationwide to win this competitive designation, which identifies best practices and excellence in Citizen Engagement, Citizen Relationship/Records Management systems, 311 services, web portal technology and mobile communications infrastructure, particularly highlighted was Buffalo’s Citizen Participation Academy.
“We’re thrilled that the City of Buffalo received special recognition again from PTI, this time for continuing to maintain and improve citizen engagement in Buffalo through my Citizen’s Participation Academy (CPA) the 311 mobile app and other innovative channels offered at the Division of Citizen Services,” said Mayor Brown. “The CPA was created to engage City of Buffalo residents in their local government by providing an interactive public forum. Through this highly effective forum, residents learn firsthand about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. Participants join elected and appointed officials, in an informal setting, to learn about city government through presentations, case studies and site tours. I applaud PTI for continuing to recognize Buffalo and cities all across the country that make exceptional customer service a priority.”
“By affording citizens an avenue to observe government, we hope to instill a sense of connectivity between city government and the public”, said Citizen Services Director Oswaldo Mestre, Jr. “We trust that through the process of learning, it will lead and inspire citizens to become more involved in their neighborhoods and take the knowledge gained from the course back to their respective communities.”
Mayor Brown’s Citizen Participation Academy is a free, ten-week program open to interested City of Buffalo residents, ages 18 and over. Each session focuses on a specific area of government, such as economic development, community programs, public safety, and a myriad of other topics. Upon completion of Academy, graduates will be encouraged to further expand their community involvement as a city or neighborhood association volunteer. The next Winter CPA program is scheduled for February 10, 2015 – March 31, 2015. To register, go to www.city-buffalo.com/cpa.
PTI created this annual designation program five years ago to recognize excellence in citizen engagement via multi-channel contact centers and best practices for the use of Citizen Relationship/Records Management (CRM) systems, 311 services, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure. PTI awarded the City of Buffalo a Citizen-Engaged Community in 2010-2012 and then again in 2012-2014. The City of Buffalo will receive the award on March 15, 2014 during the PTI Smart Cities & Counties Summit in Miami, Florida.
For more information, go to http://www.pti.org/index.php/t1/more/242
Saying Goodbye To 2014!!!
December 18, 2014 - Ring in 2015 at the 27th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” at Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower, 535 Washington Street, in downtown Buffalo. Roosevelt Plaza – where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet – will come alive on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31st when tens of thousands of people gather for the second largest such event in the United States!
Local singing sensation Caitlin Koch will headline the show, kicking off at 10:30 p.m., concluding with the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks at midnight. Koch, an Orchard Park native, has picked up a national following after success on recent reality television talent shows. At age 15, Caitlin won a local radio contest as "Buffalo Idol," and headlined at the First Niagara Center.
Mayor Brown, Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY Host Forum On Community - Police Relations
December 16, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown and the Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY, joined by members of the Buffalo Police Department, BPD Internal Affairs, U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, National Federation of Just Communities, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, NFTA, Peacemakers and the City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens’ Rights & Community Relations along with other elected officials and youth representatives, sponsored a special forum at Mt. Olive Baptist Church today to get community input as the city continues to review and update its policing policy, procedures and training programs. More than 400 citizens turned out for the event.
“I am thankful that so many members and leaders in our community are here today, trying to help us bring people together to get the right kind of dialogue going so we can continue to make positive change,” said Mayor Brown. “An important national discussion is underway and today in Buffalo we are having a conversation to bring about continued dialogue between the community and local law enforcement as the city continues to review and update its policing policy, procedures and training programs. We must stand together for peace in Buffalo, Ferguson, and in all cities across the country and that begins by listening to each other to gain better understanding.”
Mayor Brown and Dr. Siren Deliver A Public Art Presentation To Local Developers
December 10, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Dr. Janne Sirén hosted a breakfast today for local developers titled Improving Your Assets: Public Art and Private Development. This unique presentation, sponsored by the City of Buffalo Arts Commission, was held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness in the local development community about how public art can further expand economic revitalization efforts in Buffalo.
“With over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, resulting in over 12,000 new jobs, the City of Buffalo continues its commitment to embracing public art and diversity as a catalyst for future economic development activity,” said Mayor Brown. “By strategically placing public art in places, we know we will continue to draw more interest and traffic from city residents and visitors and today I encourage Buffalo’s development community to consider incorporating public art into its upcoming projects.”
Mayor Brown Travels To NYC For An Immigration Summit
December 8, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown is in New York City today to take part in NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first-ever summit. At least twenty Mayors from cities across the country also plan to take part in this discussion to lay out a step-by-step implementation plan of an executive order on immigration.
As Buffalo continues to become a location of choice for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Brown launched the city’s New Americans Study earlier this year. The new study will help the city to further develop policies to make Buffalo a destination of choice for refugees and immigrants. It will include an analysis of the city’s existing immigrant and refugee populations; an outline of needed services and current gaps; and recommendations that the city and other stakeholders can use to initiate or improve these services.
The Summit’s agenda will also allow opportunities for the Mayors to do presentations on theparticular developments in their areas as well as get advice from legal experts.
Mayor Brown Helps Announce The Debut Of A Children's Book "Max Meets The Mayor"
December 4, 2014 - Mayor Brown featured in the book written by Mark Goldman
Today Mayor Byron Brown helped announce the debut of a Children’s Book, titled, “Max Meets the Mayor”. Local Entrepreneur/Author Mark Goldman wrote the book, based on a real-life experience with his now 7-year-old grandson, Max. Mayor Brown, Mark Goldman, Max and illustrator Elizabeth Leader shared the book today at Buffalo City Hall with
"One of the things I enjoy most about being Mayor is visiting school children, reading with them and hearing about what they want to be when they grow up," Mayor Brown said. “Max Meets the Mayor” gave me an opportunity to further educate our children about the demands and realities of my profession, encourages them to dream about their own career aspirations and inspires civic involvement.”
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