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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.
Mayor Brown Announces Local Partnership To Increase The Number Of Qualified Court Interpreters In The City Of Buffalo
April 7, 2016 - New York State Unified Court System, Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division join Mayor Byron W. Brown to recruit and prepare multi-lingual city residents for qualified court interpreter positions to ensure equal access to justice for the City’s diverse communities
In an effort to recruit and prepare multi-lingual city residents for qualified court interpreter positions, Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced a new partnership between the City of Buffalo, New York State Unified Court System and Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division to address a growing need in Buffalo and in cities across the country for qualified court interpreters. New York’s Office of Court Administration will hold a court interpreter exam in Buffalo in June of this year. In a targeted effort to improve the exam’s passage rate, Mayor Brown provided financial support for an exam preparation course, the first of its kind in the state.
“It’s vitally important that we recognize, recruit and prepare city residents for new opportunities that benefit the individual and the community,” said Mayor Brown, noting that the City of Buffalo Office of New Americans, Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division and local resettlement agencies carefully recruited quality individuals to register for the June exam, as well as the exam preparation course, which is now underway. “The need for qualified court interpreters in Buffalo and in cities across the country is an important issue and we look forward to increasing their availability in our local court system by offering an exam preparation course. This collaboration is another example of how we are preparing our residents to succeed in employment opportunities that benefit both our Courts and our communities. By working together, we can work to improve access to the judicial process for our State’s immigrant populations.”
Hon. Paula Feroleto, Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial District, stated, “As Western New York’s immigrant population grows, the Courts are experiencing an ever-increasing number of litigants who do not speak English as their primary language. Any litigant, witness or party to a court proceeding in New York State has the right to be heard on their day in court. It is critical that the Courts provide a fair and impartial forum for all English-speaking and non-English speaking persons to assure equal access to justice for all.”
Hon. Susan Eagan, Buffalo City Court Judge and a member of the Office of Court Administration’s statewide Court Interpreter Committee, stated “I have witnessed first-hand how imperative it is for non-English speaking litigants to have access to qualified court interpreters in order to protect the health safety and welfare of our communities and preserve the rule of law. Our outreach efforts, together with the Buffalo Public School System and the City of Buffalo, should significantly expand the pool of qualified court interpreters to meet the increasing demand for many languages that are new to our Buffalo neighborhoods.”
commitment to achieve 80 percent by 2018; a shared goal led by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The Roundtable was started by the American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1997.
Mayor Brown Joins Nationwide Effort To Recognize Impact Of National Service
April 5, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined over 3,000 mayors across the country, to participate today in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service on cities. Mayor Brown issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, April 5, 2016 ‘National Service Recognition Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
“National service is a vital resource for our city,” said Mayor Brown. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our city an even better places to live. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.”
Across the country, mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables at city hall, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media. By honoring the national service members who have shown an outstanding commitment to service, Mayor Brown hopes to inspire more residents to become involved in their neighborhoods and communities by volunteering with local non-profit and community organizations.
“National service shows the best of the Buffalonian spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Director, Division of Citizen Services. “As we thank national service members for their commitment, we should all pledge to do our part through service and volunteering.”
Buffalo Police Department Will Hold Four Community Narcan Training Sessions
March 15, 2016 - The Buffalo Police Department will hold four community Narcan training sessions. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will focus on how to administer the life-saving overdose antidote. Attendees will receive a free Narcan kit, containing two doses of Narcan, upon completion of the training session.
“As the epidemic of heroin and opioid drug overdose deaths continues in our city, our region and cities across the country, we believe it’s time to train and equip community members to aid in the rescue effort. While having our police officers carry Narcan is making a difference and saving lives, we need the help of our community to further address this important health issue,” said Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
The free Narcan training sessions will be held at the following locations:
Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – New Testament Cathedral, 987 Kensington Ave.
Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St.
Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.
The most recent national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that opioids—a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin—were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014. Anecdotal information from medical and law enforcement sources around the U.S. indicates that number is trending sharply upward.In the first 10 days of March, there were 10 overdose deaths in the City of Buffalo, with at least 25 deaths in the city since the beginning of the year.
The drug naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, temporarily reverses the effects of opioids, allowing someone who has suffered an overdose to resume breathing. Administration of Narcan to an overdose victim increases the life-saving window of time for treatment by first responders.
The Free Community Narcan Training Sessions are part of Mayor Byron Brown’s continued commitment to addressing the growing epidemic of prescription opioid drug and heroin abuse in our community which also included the following:
A recent Town Hall Meeting on heroin and opioid drug overdose abuse, co-sponsored by the “Save the Michaels of the World, Inc., Mayor Brown, North District Council Member Joel Feroleto, and US Attorney William Hochul
Reducing access to drugs through drug enforcement, part of Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance policing policy which has resulted in an overall crime rate reduction of 32 percent since 2006
Improving intervention to reduce overdose deaths by being the first city in the region to equip police and firefighters with Narcan; since its inception, they’ve administered Narcan nearly 1,000 times, saving lives
Installing prescription drug drop-off boxes at each of the five District Police Stations
Mayor Brown Seeks Qualified City Residents To Take The Buffalo Police Exam On June 18, 2016
March 1, 2016 - Registration Deadline: May 13, 2016
Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Police Department are looking for qualified city residents to take the Buffalo Police exam on June 18, 2016. At the same time, a police recruitment campaign will take place that’s designed to generate interest and educate potential recruits about the professional and personal benefits for choosing a career with the Buffalo Police Department and encourage them to register for and take the upcoming police enrollment exam.
“Public safety remains a top priority and we’re calling on qualified candidates to answer our call to serve and protect the residents, businesses and visitors of the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a great opportunity to change lives and be proud of what you do. Through this application process and recruitment campaign, we want to attract high-quality, diverse candidates that can help us continue to reduce crime and also help ensure that the makeup of the force better reflects the makeup of our city.”
“The City of Buffalo is proud to have one of the finest police departments in the state and I would like to encourage more of our qualified young men and women to consider a career in police work,” 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.”
In the coming weeks the Buffalo Police Department will conduct an extensive outreach campaign and recruitment drive at local colleges/universities, churches and community centers, providing information about the benefits of becoming a Buffalo Police Officer. This public outreach component of the campaign provides an opportunity for local citizens to meet one-on-one with police officers, ask questions and learn how they can sign up to take the exam. The last exam was administered by the City in 2011.
Mayor Brown Is Now Accepting Applications For His 2016 Summer Youth Employment And Internship Program
February 25, 2016 - Over 22,000 city youth have been employed through this program since 2006
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2016 Summer Youth Employment and Internship Program is now underway. The program will provide six weeks of employment and work-readiness training to youth in the city of Buffalo during the summer months.
“My administration is committed to preparing our city youth for the jobs of the future and my Summer Youth Employment and Internship program will help ensure the success of the next generation by encouraging our young people to start their career path with a summer job,” said Mayor Brown, noting that the summer youth employment program has provided over 22,000 employment opportunities to city youth since 2006. “This year, we have added funding to create 50 additional positions, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,500.”
Today’s kick-off was held at McKinley High School. McKinley is one of Buffalo’s more popular vocational schools giving students the opportunity to develop skills in carpentry, sheet metal, horticulture, aquatic ecology, plumbing, photography, electrical and graphic design.
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