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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Mayor Brown Kicks Off Minority-And-Women-Owned Businesses (MBE/WBE) Week in Buffalo
September 25, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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
Buffalo – 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.
Mayor Brown Gets Lyft to Work to Kick-off the Ride-Sharing Era in Buffalo
June 29 – Mayor Byron W. Brown arrived at City Hall this morning with Lyft driver, Buffalo resident Barbra Dowell, behind the wheel, kicking off the era of ride-sharing in Buffalo.
“I drive my friends around all the time, so I figured I might as well get paid for it,” said Ms. Dowell, who drove the Mayor to work to kick-off Lyft service in Buffalo.
The single mom, who works as a certified nursing assistant, said she’s looking forward to making extra money as a Lyft driver.
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo Sponsor Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
June 29 – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City of Buffalo will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at BPS #69 Houghton Academy at 1725 Clinton Street, Buffalo, New York.
Mayor Brown Celebrates Start of Summer at 'Splish Splash Summer Bash' at MLK JR Park
June 25 – Mayor Byron W. Brown joined representatives from the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy and BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York for the Conservancy’s Splish Splash Summer Bash 2017 held at MLK Jr. Park. The event celebrates the start of summer and school summer vacation. Activities included the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser, free face-painting, balloon art, arts and crafts and healthy snacks from Ashker’s and James Desiderio Inc. The festivities were held in collaboration with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the City of Buffalo.
“I thank BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for partnering with my Administration to preserve and promote this world-class community attraction for our City residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Brown. “We take great pride in the MLK Splash Pad and the many other community investments we are spearheading in Buffalo to enhance the quality of life for all of our residents.”
“We are celebrating our 7th year of corporate partnership with BlueCross BlueShield in support of Olmsted’s historic Humboldt basin, and the 5th year of this splish splash healthy zone in MLK Jr. Park,” said Stephanie Crockatt, executive director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “What a great achievement! This summer at MLK is very special place to be as we look to unveil the restored Casino, and I want to thank Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo, as well as the special funding provided by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes. These types of public-private-nonprofit partnerships continue to make such a critical difference here at MLK, and across the Olmsted park system.”
The five-acre MLK splash pad, a designated BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Healthy Zone, is part of the city's $4.5 million all-season water attraction that opened during the summer of 2013. It is a reflecting pool during the spring and fall, and an old-fashioned ice rink during the winter.
Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2017 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop-Up
Queen City Pop-Up: 2017 Spring Edition runs from June 22, 2017 through September 1, 2017
June 23 – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown kicked off the Queen City Pop-Up: 2017 Spring Edition at the Brisbane Building, located at 403 Main Street, across from Lafayette Square. 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 program brings vibrancy to empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short time basis, free of charge, and lets retailers test their product in the downtown marketplace. Brisbane Realty Associates, LLC has generously agreed to sponsor the retail space for the 2017 Spring Edition Queen City Pop-Up participants.
Mayor Brown Accepts Ceremonial Check for City Recycling Education Fund
June 21 - Modern Disposal Services presented a ceremonial check to Mayor Byron W. Brown today in support of the City of Buffalo’s Recycling Education Fund, which is required as part of Modern’s recycling contract with the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Honors World Refugee Day With Lighting of the Dome at City Hall
Mayor Brown joins with Journey’s End Refugee Services and the Peace Bridge Authority in honoring World Refugee Day in the City of Buffalo.
June 20 – In recognition of World Refugee Day, Mayor Byron W. Brown will direct that the dome of City Hall be lit blue. World Refugee Day is internationally recognized and observed on June 20th across the globe. The June 20 observance date was established by the United Nations as an annual commemoration to recognize refugees and displaced individuals for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and persecution.
Lyft Driver Fair in Buffalo Tuesday, June 20
June 18 - Lyft is looking for drivers as it prepares to do business in Buffalo. Representatives from Lyft, The City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) will be on hand to walk applicants through the application process to be a driver for Lyft ride sharing, which is coming to Buffalo June 29th! The Driver Fair will be held at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 77 Goodell Street Buffalo, NY from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Mayor Brown and The Colored Musicians Club Unveil Musical Lineup for CMC Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank
June 17 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and musicians from the Colored Musicians Club today unveiled the main acts of the 2017 Colored Musicians Club Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank. They outlined the six full days of the week-long festival, a celebration of Jazz culture in Buffalo as part of the 100th year anniversary of the Colored Musicians Club in Buffalo. The CMC Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank will take place at multiple venues throughout Buffalo, including the Queen City Social, sponsored by M&T Bank and managed by Buffalo Place.
Mayor Brown Announces Start of Architectural Restoration of the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square
The nearly $647,000 project includes replacement of missing damaged marble with marble from the Vermont quarry where stone for the 110-year-old landmark was originally mined; the obelisk, and fountain at its base, will also be cleaned
June 12 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the iconic McKinley Monument, located in the center of downtown Buffalo’s Niagara Square, is undergoing a nearly $647,000 architectural restoration. The restoration is being paid for with capital bond funds recommended by the Mayor, approved by the Buffalo Common Council and assigned to the Buffalo Arts Commission.
“The McKinley Monument is one of Buffalo’s best known landmarks, and is a critical piece of Buffalo’s history, commemorating the assassination of President William McKinley at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. As custodian of this iconic structure, the City of Buffalo will restore its majesty,” Mayor Brown said.
“Since 2006, my Administration has allocated more than $1.4 million on monument restoration and portrait conservation. That work included $212,000 at Gates Circle, plus more than a dozen of other monuments in every part of the City to preserve our City’s history, and honor those whose contributions enrich our lives,” Mayor Brown added.
The project includes the 96-foot tall marble obelisk replacement of missing and damaged white marble, mortar replacement, and removal of all foreign matter. The fountain at its base will also be carefully cleaned and relined, and the marble turtle and dolphin fountain spouts, as well as the four lions surrounding the fountain, will be cleaned.
Two bollards, the stone poles which ring the perimeter of the fountain, will be replaced with exact replicas. One is badly cracked and the other is deteriorating. The restoration work will also include refurbishing of granite components.
“The City of Buffalo takes seriously its charge to care for this memorial to one of our four assassinated presidents. The Arts Commission has been looking forward to the start of this wonderful project,” said Catherine Gillespie, Chairperson, of the Buffalo Arts Commission.
The City’s Department of Public Works worked with the Arts Commission, along with Flynn Battaglia Architects of Buffalo, to determine the scope of the project and select a firm to undertake the restoration. Buffalo’s Morris Masonry Restoration, which has a strong resume of stone restoration locally and nationally, will perform the work.
“It’s always exciting when we are involved in a project that preserves a key piece of Buffalo’s history. Our department’s architect, Brian Swartz, began the planning for this project in 2015 and has overseen all the details of historic research, design, evaluation, and approvals while collaborating with the Buffalo Arts Commission. This project is a true restoration”, said City of Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak.
Mayor Brown, Juneteenth Festival Host Flag Raising Ceremony
June 9 – In honor of the 42nd annual Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and members of the Juneteenth Festival committee raised the African Heritage Flag in Niagara Square.
“Buffalo is honored to host the largest Juneteenth celebration in the nation,” said Mayor Brown. “This festive and popular event preserves the African American culture in our City and gets better and better every year, bringing visitors to our City and providing an important celebration year after year for our residents citywide.”
Juneteenth is the oldest known observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration began on June 19, 1865, the day Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army rode into Galveston, Texas in final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation - two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed it. Juneteenth celebrations today commemorate that memorable day in 1865 and emphasize the achievements of African Americans. Marked by community celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings, it is a time for reflection and rejoicing, self-assessment and planning for the future.
The festival in Buffalo runs from Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 18 in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, beginning with a parade on Saturday. There will be live entertainment performances, a vendor marketplace, food court, health pavilion, book fair, historical exhibits, children’s activities and more.
Mayor Brown, BUDC Announce Community Workforce Agreement for Northland Workforce Training Center Project
June 9 - Mayor Byron W. Brown, Chairman of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, is pleased to announce the signing 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. Last month, the demolition of buildings began at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include the state-of-the-art workforce training center. The PLA will ensure that the training center will be built on time and within budget with a highly skilled, diverse workforce, while at the same time providing training opportunities for the next generation of skilled construction tradesmen and women. Mayor Brown stated, “By working together with the Building and Construction Trades Council, we’ve arrived at a great agreement that will ensure that Buffalo’s diverse communities benefit from these construction opportunities and jobs. And, the promise of job opportunities presented today will be consistently monitored, ensuring that all city residents can participate in the economic lifeblood of our city.” During his remarks, Mayor Brown commended BUDC President Director Peter Cammarata, Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Rodriguez, Paul Brown President of the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council, Sam Capitano of Laborers 210 and other Trade leaders, and Anna Falicov from the COB Legal Department for working so hard on this PLA that will expand opportunities for city residents and ensure a successful project.
2017 Clean Sweep Initiative is Now Underway
Mayor Brown, Council Member Wyatt kicked off the annual Neighborhood Improvement Program in the City of Buffalo’s University District
June 7 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt today announced the official start of the 2017 Clean Sweep initiative. Over the next six months, the Save Our Streets Task Force plans to conduct over 30 ‘Clean Sweeps’ to assist in the delivery of services throughout the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Announces Curbside Recycling Milestone in Buffalo
June 6 – As Mayor Byron W. Brown continues to market 34andMore, a citywide public awareness campaign aimed at further boosting Buffalo’s recycling rate, he announced today that city residents achieved their highest month of recycling in May. Last month, the City’s curbside “green tote” program collected 1513.77 tons, or 3, 027,540 pounds. That’s the weight of 252 elephants, which could fill a football stadium 6 feet high!
Mayor Brown Joins The Wear Orange Campaign on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day
June 2 – As part of his continued commitment to end gun violence in Buffalo and in cities across the country, Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 2, 2017 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Buffalo. Read Proclamation
"Every shooting affects the lives of a countless number of people and there is nothing more powerful than for our entire city to stand united together to make Buffalo an even safer city to live, work and invest,” said Mayor Brown. “I am proud to join with my colleagues in government, community members and anti-violence advocates to continue to raise awareness about gun violence prevention on National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo. The Wear Orange Campaign in Buffalo will be quite visible and it’s my hope that it will bring people together to eliminate gun violence in our city.”
The Wear Orange movement began after the shooting death of a Chicago teen named Hadiya Pendleton in 2013. Today, Mayor Brown joined Mayors across the country in wearing orange as part of the Wear Orange Campaign, followed by making several updates on how the city plans to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Month to address the issue of gun violence prevention.
Since 2006, the Brown Administration has and continues to focus on two equally important goals: to keep neighborhoods safe and to build solid police-community relations.
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After A Decade of Stewardship, Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corp. Saves "Trico" with Transfer of Ownership to the Krog Group
May 31 – The “designated developer” has now become the “proud owner” of the iconic Trico Headquarter Building on Washington Street, the birthplace of the windshield wiper. The Krog Group is moving forward with plans for an $80 million mixed-use facility that will complement the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the new University at Buffalo Medical School. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Chair of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation and its affiliate Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corporation, announced that The Krog Group has closed on the property and will convert the 600,000-square-foot building into a hotel, apartments and other commercial uses.
“After ten years of hard work on one of the most difficult development projects in the City, I’m pleased to announce the finalization of the real estate transaction, so the plans can move forward on this important adaptive re-use project at one of Buffalo’s historically significant buildings,” said Mayor Brown. “Krog will breathe new life into this vacant building that was threatened with demolition, and will now provide future investment and job growth in Buffalo.”
Peter Krog, P.E. and founder of The Krog Group stated, “The Krog Group is thrilled to be part of the continued resurgence of downtown Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Trico is an important part of Buffalo’s history, but the building had fallen into a state of disrepair. While we still face many construction challenges, we’re confident that our adaptive re-use plan will return the Trico Building to prominence and serve as a useful and complimentary addition to the Medical Campus.”
Parking Made Easy in Buffalo! Mayor Brown Announces The Official Launch of Mobile Parking App
May 30 – Mayor Byron W. Brown rolled out a new Citywide mobile parking application, called “Buffalo Roam”, which went live today. Over the Memorial holiday weekend, city parking crews installed signs and decals on the sides of meters, listing new zone numbers, as part of a new custom citywide mobile parking application. The new signs and decals identify each of the designated parking blocks with a distinctive “Zone Number”. Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Common Council and the City’s Parking Department, worked closely with global parking app leader, Passport, to create “Buffalo Roam”, a customized parking app specific to the Buffalo community.
This system, the latest in a series of advances to improve the ease and efficiency of parking in Buffalo, allows motorists to forego coin/credit card payments at the meters, and instead pay on the go with their mobile device. The technology will also warn motorists when their time is about to expire through the app, and gives parkers the flexibility to extend their parking session (by up to one hour).
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 16th Annual Summer Reading Challenge
May 24 – In a continued effort to encourage students to keep reading throughout the summer months, Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by hundreds of students from Waterfront Elementary and Reading Rules partners, kicked-off the 16th annual Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge.
“The City of Buffalo has an extraordinary literary history and legacy that we hope to make even stronger by helping to improve literacy among young people in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased to kick off my 16th Anniversary Reading Rules Challenge, and I encourage all city youth to sign up today and participate.”
“Reading Rules!” began in 2001, when Mayor Brown served 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 becoming Mayor, nearly 13,000 students have completed the reading challenge, and submitted written summaries of each book they had read. Mayor Brown remarked that, “Reading Rules! is one of our hallmark initiatives and it gets better and better as the years go on.”
Children entering grades K-8 must read 7 books from the provided list over the course of the summer, write a brief summary of 8-10 sentences on each and then return the summaries to Mayor Brown in exchange for an invitation to a the program’s final ceremony, which will be held in August. Each student will receive a certificate of achievement and many great prizes donated by the program’s sponsors. High School students entering 9-12 must read at least 4 books to qualify.
Mayor Brown Announces Final Stages Of Martin King Jr. Park Casino Upgrades
May 24 – As part of National Public Works Week recognitions in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the $2.6 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Casino upgrade is entering the final stages of completion. The project, which is being completed in three-phases, will provide the Fillmore Avenue area with another community venue for public gatherings and concession stands for summer and winter activities.
“This project adds to the major investment my Administration has made in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park area,” said Mayor Brown, noting the $4.5 million MLK Park Water Attraction and the $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape. “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Casino will be a huge benefit to the new community programming that is taking place at the park. This key investment will further improve the quality of life for residents in the immediate area and those who visit this historic Olmsted Park.”
In Phase one of the project, the exterior of the building was reconstructed; including a new insulated roof system, exterior brickwork, and the restoration of all of the existing wood windows to their original 1926 appearance to maintain their historical design. New exterior wood doors were also installed on the east side of the building facing the splash pad. Environmental abatement was completed removing asbestos and lead paint. Phase two utilized New York State Dormitory funds to create usable space for new programming, a community gathering space, a storage room for ice-skating in the MLK splash pad, two offices, a conference room, a restroom, and an ADA ramp was installed as well.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo DPW Celebrate National Public Works Week
May 23 – PUBLIC WORKS CONNECTS US is the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week, and the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (DPW) plays a major role in connecting the Buffalo Community. From further improving infrastructure citywide, including roadways, sidewalks, and buildings, to delivering excellent drinking water, promoting recycling, and beautifying our neighborhood parks, Public Works touches the lives of city residents and business owners every day.
“We have a highly effective and dedicated workforce that touches the lives of Buffalo residents, business owners and visitors every day,” said Mayor Brown. “Whether they are repairing roadways, fixing sidewalks and curbs or improving our parks, DPW works daily to deliver leading public works services that enhance residents’ quality of life. Please join us this week as we celebrate the important role Public Works employees play in making our City thrive.”
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo and University of Buffalo Sponsor Community Recycling Event
BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo will sponsor a Community Shredding and Recycling Event on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00AM – 12:00PM Community groups Citizens Alliance and the Square Block Club will be hosting the event located at the 836 East Delavan Avenue.
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Mayor Brown and Small Business Owners Unveil Marketing Videos Designed to Showcase Buffalo as a Great Place to Invest and Operate a Business
BUFFALO– As part of his continued commitment to celebrate and promote the diverse and independent small businesses that enrich neighborhoods Citywide and create jobs, Mayor Byron W. Brown and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, joined by Small Business Owners and representatives from Invest Buffalo Niagara, Visit Buffalo Niagara and The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, celebrated National Economic Development Week by releasing a series of short videos that promote Buffalo as a great place to invest and operate a business. Spearheaded by Mayor Brown, the videos feature a number of small business owners in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Presents On-Time and Balanced Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Proposed Budget
May 1 – For the twelfth consecutive year, Mayor Byron W. Brown presented an on-time and responsible budget for the City of Buffalo, Fiscal Year 2017-2018. Mayor Brown stated, “As the City of Buffalo continues to experience unprecedented growth and economic development, my Administration has once again recommended a fiscally responsible budget and long-term financial plan that maintains affordability, efficient delivery of services, and quality of life. For the twelfth consecutive year, I am proposing an on-time and responsible budget for the City of Buffalo, Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This spending plan reflects my Administration’s continued commitment to making government more efficient and reliable, while providing tax certainty to residents and businesses who own property in the City of Buffalo.”
Mayor Brown’s recommended budget for 2017-2018 totals nearly $500 million. This represents a slight increase of $5.7 million – or 1.1%. Mayor Brown recognized the work and contribution of Donna Estrich, Commissioner of Administration, Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs, and members of his Fiscal Sub-Cabinet, who provided valuable input to help shape the city’s budget.
“We’ve made progress and are providing opportunity for our residents,” Mayor Brown continued. “I am proud that we have built a safer, smarter, stronger Buffalo, encouraged investment, maintained our infrastructure while efficiently delivering services, and continued to invest in our world-class cultural and community organizations.”
This spending plan builds on the strong economic foundation that the Brown Administration has built since he was sworn in as Mayor in 2006, while continuing to re-imagine how Buffalo grows as a City. It also continues to improve the level of service that the City of Buffalo provides for its residents and businesses, while implementing new and creative initiatives designed to create efficiencies, achieve savings and ensure that all people share in the opportunities that are growing in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Bisons Host Diversity Job Fair
This is Event #2 of Buffalo Works: A Week of Employment Opportunity Events in Buffalo
April 25 – Buffalo Works: A week of employment opportunities continues tonight with a job fair at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC). Residents looking for a job will be able to learn about openings at Canalside, the Outer Harbor, Broderick Park, Rich Products and the Buffalo Bisons. Mayor Byron W. Brown and Jonathan Dandes, President of Rich Products, are happy to bring this second night of job fairs to city residents.
Mayor Brown Announces Buffalo News Kids Day in the City of Buffalo
Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Mark Poloncarz proclaim April 25, 2017 “Buffalo News Kids Day” in the City of Buffalo and Erie County
April 18 – Mayor Byron Brown announced today that the Buffalo News’ annual “Special Kids Day Edition Sale” will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Cradle Beach and all children in the Western New York (WNY) region. Women & Children’s will use the funds to continue their mission to deliver the highest quality care to the children and mothers of the WNY community.
Mayor Brown was joined by Jody Lomeo, President and CEO of both Kaleida Health and the Great Lakes Healthy System of Western New York, Allegra Jaros, President of Women & Children's Hospital, Lisa Cislo, Promotions Coordinator at the Buffalo News; Carol Horton, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations at The Buffalo News; and Andi Baker, from Tops Friendly Markets.
“Kids Day is always an event that I look forward to,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m so proud to be a part of this annual tradition for a good cause and I encourage city residents and visitors to support Kids Day by buying this special edition of the Buffalo News on April 25th. I also thank the many volunteers for their commitment and dedication to this event, which helps improve the quality of life for so many of our children and their families.”
Since 1983, the profits made from the Special Kids Day Edition Sale have totaled more than $4.6 million and have helped children all across WNY.
Mayor Brown, Council Member Fontana Launched 2017 Citywide Sidewalk Improvement Program
April 12 - Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana and Department of Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak kicked-off the 2017 Citywide Sidewalk Improvement Program in Buffalo’s Lovejoy District. The city allocated $6.1 million for citywide sidewalk work this year.
“Weather permitting, we plan to do about $6.1 million in sidewalk replacement projects in 2017, touching every Council District in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “Our strong commitment to new sidewalks is all about our continued effort to beautify neighborhoods, protect infrastructure and complement the more than $6 billion in economic development activity that’s currently underway in Buffalo.”
The 2017 sidewalk construction work, which also includes new ADA ramps, began in the Lovejoy District on Brinkman Avenue, as well as Dearborn Street in Buffalo’s North District, and along Downing Street in the South District.
Mayor Brown Announces City of Buffalo 2017 "Earth Month" Calendar
April 11 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced a calendar of Earth Day events which will take place across the City of Buffalo in April. Although April 22 is the official date that Earth Day is observed in the U.S., events focusing on the environment will be taking place throughout the month, all around the City.
Mayor Brown Announces Improved Response Times by American Medical Response WNY
AMR, the City of Buffalo’s ambulance service, has improved response times by over 2 minutes, a first for medical emergency response services in Buffalo
April 4 –- Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced American Medical Response (AMR) of Western New York has made major improvements in its ambulance service and response times in the City of Buffalo.
“We have worked successfully with AMR to achieve a significant improvement in emergency medical response times. The company has improved response times by over 2 minutes and consistently delivers on-time performance across all areas of the City. It’s also commendable that these response times are the best we’ve ever documented in the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said. “Our enhanced working relationship with AMR has resulted in improved service for all our citizens.”
The performance improvements, developed with input from City leadership, are in large part due to AMR’s investment in widespread operational upgrades. Some of the investments that AMR has made in the last six months include:
● Allocated additional resources to the City of Buffalo and AMR’s entire Western New York operation
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