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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, June 8


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the launch of the “Reopen Buffalo Bulletin,” an online newsletter for small businesses to help assist them in economic recovery. The newsletter contains links to several online resources, including: New York State guidelines for Phase II, Small Business Social Distancing Initiative Application and much more. Any business can receive the newsletter by registering with the City at

Mayor Brown stated, “As we continue the gradual and safe process of reopening our economy, my Administration will be there to assist small businesses every step of the way. COVID-19 has deeply impacted every business sector in Western New York, I encourage residents to step up and do their part to support our local small businesses as they reenter the economy.”

To learn more about the gradual phases of reopening, visit The Brown Administration continues to work with the small business community, marketing experts and others to ensure businesses have access to the latest information and resources.

Parking reminder for tonight

Mayor Brown is reminding residents that tonight there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access.

City of Buffalo’s Census response rate closing in on the 50% mark

The Census response rate for the City of Buffalo increased slightly over the weekend. The response rate as of Monday, June 8th was 48.6%. Mayor Brown continues to push for 100% participation. An accurate count is critical to the City’s ability to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that fund infrastructure improvements, education, critical community programming and much more. Complete your questionnaire at

The Buffalo Employment and Training Center continues connecting residents to jobs

Residents looking for work can get assistance through the Buffalo Employment and Training Center by calling 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote counseling sessions. More than 100 residents have been placed in positions since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency.

Help maintain WNY blood supply by giving blood

ConnectLife says donations are down and many June blood drives have been canceled. Mayor Brown is asking healthy residents to give blood and asks organizations to consider hosting blood drives to help boost the local supply. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To donate or to host a drive, visit

Connecting residents to COVID-19 testing

If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, find the closest test site near you by visiting The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to this resource by visiting www.buffalony. gov/SubmitTestSite.

Participate in Mayor Brown’s Virtual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge

Mayor Brown urges all Buffalo school students to take part in his Virtual Reading Rules! Kid’s Summer Reading Challenge. In a continued effort to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 emergency, while at the same time continue to help improve our youth’s literacy proficiency skills, Mayor Brown announced that his 19th Challenge and Awards Ceremony for Champion Readers will take place completely online this year.

Every student who reads 10 books plus writes 10 book summaries, now through August 14, 2020, will be eligible to win even more amazing Raffle Prizes in July & August plus bonus prizes at Mayor Brown’s Virtual Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Mayor Brown established this significant educational program 19 years ago when he received alarming statistics about local students who were testing below the New York State average in English Language Arts and Literacy. Since then, over 20,000 children from the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region have improved their literacy proficiency skills by participating in Reading Rules! To learn more about the challenge, visit

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