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Sunday, February 07, 2016
MAYOR BYRON BROWN DELIVERS TENTH ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS - FEBRUARY 5, 2015
2015 Year in Review
January 8, 2016 - Mayor Brown thanks Rich’s for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge
As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from Rich Products Corporation. Today, he stopped by Rich Products World Headquarters, located on Niagara Street in Buffalo, where he met with several dozen Rich Associates who signed the pledge.
“We continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo to ensure that all citizens benefit from our rising prosperity,” said Mayor Brown, noting that over $5.5 billion in new economic development activity is currently underway in Buffalo which is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs. “I thank Bob and Mindy Rich and Rich Products for helping us continue to build a culture of inclusion and equity in Buffalo in an effort to keep Buffalo’s significant economic transformation going strong.”
The City of Buffalo Opportunity pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusiveness and equity in Buffalo. To date, nearly 4,145 individuals, 173 businesses/organizations have signed the pledge, representing over 53,000 members, students and employees.
As the City of Buffalo continues the $16.3 million Niagara Street Gateway Construction project, Mayor Brown today thanked Rich Products for its significant commitment to the Buffalo community, which included a re-investment of more than $88 million in its Buffalo headquarters since 2007. Its new $18.5 million Innovation Center, linking associates in WNY with customers around the world, opened in June 2014. Last month, the Rich Family Foundation announced that it is making a $250,000 donation to Explore & More’s Play It Forward Capital Campaign in honor of Rich retired executive Maureen Hurley, and establishing a scholarship fund - in her honor - to subsidize admissions for needy West Side families.
The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge initiative continues Mayor Brown’s efforts to break down barriers for minorities and women. Under his leadership, the city has hired the most diverse workforce in the city’s history and also continues to incorporate community benefits into many of the city’s largest economic development projects. View and sign the pledge at: www.city-buffalo.com/BuffaloOpportunityPledge.
Mayor Brown Announces The Opening Date Of A New Year-Round Dining Spot On The Waterfront
December 30, 2015 - William K’s opens on New Year’s Eve; $900,000 improvement project includes a new dining space with an incredible waterfront view and is designed to accommodate year-round use
With the start of the New Year right around the corner, Mayor Byron Brown and representatives from Molly's World Inc., the proprietors of The Hatch, celebrated the completion of a new year-round restaurant at Erie Basin Marina. William K’s, part of a $900,000 Phase II project, opens on December 31, 2015 and is a new addition to the building that continues to house The Hatch.
The city invested $900,000 to create this first of its kind dining space at Erie Basin Marina. William K’s offers a 64-seat capacity with more seating along the bar. The project also included a new full service kitchen, concrete patio and fire pit.
This latest project is part of a $3.7 million investment made by the Brown Administration at Erie Basin Marina since 2006. Other recently completed projects include: a $640,000 Ice Cream Stand & Clam Bar, $1.1 million for a new boardwalk, handicap accessible restrooms and new security gates for boaters.
Mayor Brown Announces Tom Hambridge Day In Buffalo
December 28, 2015 - Proclamation recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Tom Hambridge
Mayor Byron Brown signed an official proclamation today declaring December 28, 2015 as ‘Tom Hambridge Day’ in the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Native has achieved a successful career as a Grammy award-winning Producer, Singer/Songwriter and Drummer, and was recently nominated for another Grammy Award.
“It’s the tradition of the City of Buffalo to recognize the outstanding accomplishments in the lives of Buffalo citizens and today I’m pleased to recognize Buffalo native and Grammy award-winning Producer, Singer/Songwriter and Drummer Hambridge,” said Mayor Brown. “Our city is proud of Tom’s achievements and we thank him for his continued commitment and devotion to the arts which help shape the heart of our society, a city’s quality of life and play a key role in spurring economic growth.”
Earlier this month, Buddy Guy's ‘Born to Play Guitar’ was nominated for both Blues Album of the Year and Best Americana Roots Performance. ‘Born to Play Guitar’ is the fifth collaboration between Guy and Tom Hambridge. The new critically-acclaimed record features twelve songs written by Hambridge (or co-written by Hambridge and Guy) that feature guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Blues singer Kim Wilson. The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Hambridge currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Chris, and two daughters who attended today’s proclamation ceremony at Buffalo City Hall. He and his family were in Buffalo, visiting his parents for the holidays. He also performed a sold-out concert at the famed Sportsmen’s Tavern.
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo Respond To City's High Score On 2015 Municipal Equality Index
December 17, 2015 - MEI recognizes Buffalo for LGBT friendly policies
“I thank the Human Rights Campaign for recognizing the City of Buffalo’s continued commitment to fairness and equality and our score of 94 exemplifies our city’s commitment to serving all citizens, including members of the LGBT community,” said Mayor Brown. “As Mayor, one of my top priorities is to keep Buffalo at the forefront in the fight for civil rights and my Administration will continue to work to recognize and protect the dignity of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT individuals who live and work there.
Mayor Brown, Senator Schumer Celebrate The Return Of Vehicular Traffic To Main Street's 500 Block
December 15, 2015 - City of Buffalo takes another step forward in returning traffic to downtown Main Street paving the way for increased business and economic development activity
Today, Mayor Byron Brown, Senator Charles Schumer, and Congressman Brian Higgins, joined by members of the State Legislature’s Western New York Delegation, members of the Buffalo Common Council, Empire State Development Corporation, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), Buffalo Place and members of the 500 Block of Main Street business community, marked the completion of the $21 million redevelopment of the 500 Block of Main Street and a ceremonial vehicular parade along this premier stretch of Main Street.
“We are experiencing unprecedented development, excitement, and growth in the downtown area and the completion of the 500 Block redevelopment project adds fuel to the fire,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his administration sought and won a $15 million federal grant in 2013, which coupled with $10 million already secured from the state, funded this redevelopment project. “Today marks another important step in returning cars to Main Street, which has been one of my goals since taking office as we continue to support existing businesses and spur more new development in the heart of downtown Buffalo. I thank Senator Schumer and Congressman Higgins for working closely with us to secure federal funding for Buffalo’s Main Street project, paving the way for increased business and economic activity in the downtown area.”
Buffalo’s downtown Main Street plays a vital role in Buffalo’s new era of opportunity. Returning vehicular traffic to this 10-block stretch of Main Street corrects what some viewed as an urban planning mistake from the 1980’s, ensuring that Buffalo continues to move forward, and grow into a healthy, vibrant downtown. Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the city has been opening Main Street to vehicular traffic block by block over the past several years.
• The $2.8 million 700 Block was completed in 2009 and included a two-way conversion of Main Street and bicycle lanes. Private sector investment immediately returned.
Senator Schumer, who was unable to attend in person due to Washington budget negotiations, heralded the completion as further evidence of Buffalo’s revitalization. “Returning cars to Main Street is the latest in a series of developments that have already transformed downtown Buffalo,” Schumer said. “Car traffic on Main St. is just what the doctor ordered for downtown business development, which is one of the reasons we were able to secure another highly competitive TIGER grant to continue this project. I’ve worked closely with Mayor Brown to make sure this important redevelopment extends all the way to lower Main St. and continues to generate new business in Downtown Buffalo.” Read More...
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