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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Mayor Byron W. Brown's Daily Update 01-18-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded Buffalo Bills fans to visit the Bills AFC East Championship banners which are now hanging from the City Hall portico to celebrate the team as they continue their playoff run.

“The seven vertical banners serve as a great signal to the city, and to the world, that the Bills are back as AFC East Champions and serious playoff contenders! We are proud of our Buffalo Bills, and by re-installing the banners as a signature selfie station, we hope fans from across Western New York come to City Hall and take outdoor, socially distanced photos to safely commemorate another historic Bills season,” Mayor Brown said.

Mayor Brown, in partnership with the Division of Citizen Services and the Buffalo Police Department, is also calling on Buffalo Bills fans, who plan to stop by the” selfie station” at City Hall, to take part in the City of Buffalo’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Winter Clothing Drive.

New coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks are being collected from now until February 1st to help City residents in need this winter season. Donation bins are located inside the lobby of City Hall and clothing can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter clothing donations can also be dropped off at Buffalo’s 5 Police Districts:

  • South District, 1847 South Park Ave.
  • Central District, 695 Main St.
  • Ferry-Fillmore Station, 693 East Ferry St.
  • Northwest District, 669 Hertel Ave.
  • Northeast District, 2767 Bailey Ave.

The winter clothing items will be distributed to partnering organizations, including Cornerstone Manor (Buffalo City Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter), Buffalo City Mission’s Men’s Center, Salvation Army Emergency Family Shelter, Homeless Alliance of WNY and the Matt Urban Center.

Team City Hall has also erected a banner in the lobby of Buffalo City Hall to congratulate the Buffalo Bills on their AFC East Championship and playoff run.

The dome of City Hall and BuffaloLIT participants will be lit up in Bills Blue each night through Sunday, January 23, to show our community’s unwavering support of the Buffalo Bills.


Betty White Challenge brings nearly $11,000 in donations to City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Local animal lovers stepped up big to donate to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter as part of the Betty White Challenge. Some 500 donations, totaling $10,800, came into the shelter in honor of what would have been much-loved actress Betty White’s 100th birthday on January 17.

White, a long-time animal rescue supporter, passed away on December 31, 2021, 18 days short of her milestone birthday. The Betty White Challenge assisted animal shelters and rescue organizations across the U.S.

“Thank you to Buffalo and Western New York residents for being a friend of the Buffalo Animal Shelter. We had asked for donations of $5, so the outpouring of financial support greatly exceeded our expectations,” said shelter director Kelly McCartney.

The City’s animal shelter adopts out between 1,500 and 2,000 animals a year, while also helping homeless pets with medical and behavioral problems so they can find a forever home.

Those interested in supporting the Buffalo Animal Shelter’s year-round efforts, visit: The site offers a variety of donation programs which aid the City shelter.

The Cazenovia Park Pool remains closed for repairs

The Connors, Kait, Harrity Memorial Pool at Cazenovia Park remains closed due to mechanical issues with the boiler that heats the pool water. The pool is expected to reopen for regularly scheduled hours when repairs are completed late this week.


Allen Street Complete Phase II work to resume on Wednesday, January 19

The westbound lane of Allen Street, between Delaware and Elmwood Avenues, will be closed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as Phase II of the Allen Street Complete project resumes on January 19.

This week’s work, which was paused due to Monday’s snowstorm, will focus on sewer revisions.

The vehicular detour route is Delaware Avenue to Virginia Street to Elmwood Avenue. The eastbound lane is open to vehicular traffic, and sidewalks on both sides of Allen Street will remain open during the utility phase of work. There are ‘No Parking’ zones on both sides of Allen Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while work continues.

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