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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Mayor Byron W. Brown's Daily Update 12-6-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has closed four waterfront sites to vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to today’s high winds and potential for lakeshore flooding.

Let’s Go Buffalo!

Mayor Brown today wished the Buffalo Bills much luck in their Monday Night Football game tonight against the New England Patriots at Highmark stadium.

“I join the Bills Mafia, near and far, in cheering on our Buffalo Bills in what’s going to be a tremendous game tonight. The weather will be challenging, but if any team can overcome Western New York weather, it’s our Buffalo Bills. Let’s go Buffalo!,” Mayor Brown said.

The dome of Buffalo City Hall and the City’s many BuffaloLIT partners will shine brightly in red and blue for a second night in a row to support the Buffalo Bills in tonight’s big game.

Train to become a City of Buffalo Lifeguard

Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets, in partnership with the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, is once again offering a training program for City residents interested in becoming American Red Cross- certified lifeguards.

Registration is now open for the upcoming 9-week Lifeguard Certification and Training Program in Buffalo. To apply, go to

Upon successful completion, participants will be certified as lifeguards and can apply to work at the City of Buffalo outdoor pools during the summer of 2022, earning $15 to $16 an hour.

Pre-registration is required, and all applicants must provide a $25.00 deposit to attend the course. This deposit is fully refundable after completion of the 9-week course.

The class takes place on Saturdays, from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The course begins on January 8th, and continues on the following Saturdays: January 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and March 5th

Youth who can swim with proficiency are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to youth who reside in the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School

Applicants must be:

  • 16 years old by January 1, 2022;
  • Preference given to youth who reside in the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School;
  • Fully vaccinated by January 8, 2022;
  • Able to commit to the full 9-week course – ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY

Participants can choose to take the course at any of these locations: Lovejoy Pool, 171 East Lovejoy St., Cazenovia Pool, 626 Abbott Rd., and Resource Council of WNY, Inc., 347 East Ferry St.

The City of Buffalo is looking to hire American Red Cross Certified Instructors to teach the upcoming course. To apply visit:

Mayor Brown’s Annual Toy Drive will take place Thursday, December 16

The Mayor’s Annual Toy Drive, with contactless, drive-through drop-off will take place on December 16 on the steps of Buffalo City Hall.

“I’m once again asking the community to take part in my annual toy drive to help make sure our children all have a gift for the holidays,” Mayor Brown said. “We’ll be working with the Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL), community organizations and churches to identify children and families that will receive your generous donations.”

Buffalo residents and businesses can drop-off new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for children and teens on December 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., on the steps of Buffalo City Hall.

Individuals and businesses interested in donating a large quantity of gift or large toys, like bicycles, can arrange for pick-up by calling PAL offices at (716) 851-4615, or emailing PAL at

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