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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates - 6/23

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown encourages City residents to provide input on the revitalization of the historic Broadway Market. A virtual community engagement meeting is scheduled for 6pm tonight. Residents can assist in developing a comprehensive business and marketing plan for the market. The goal is to continue to grow the market as a year-round, regional attraction.

Residents can participate in the virtual meeting either online at or via phone by calling 929-205-6099; webinar ID: 851 8478 6793; password: 842562

The City has invested more than $2.6 million at the Broadway Market since 2009, with $550,000 invested in a new police sub-station, plus another $1.1 million for upcoming façade reconstruction.

Keeping residents informed: The Division of Citizen Services hosts virtual community engagement meeting

On Friday, June 26th, the City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services will hold a Block Club and community engagement meeting featuring Department of Public Works Commissioner Michael Finn. During this online forum, Commissioner    Finn will provide updates on some of the City’s Capital Improvement Projects, including ongoing paving and walkway improvements, the Middle Main Street project and more. The forum starts at noon. To register, please email nbrown@

Mayor Brown provides update on the Fire and Police Departments

Mayor Brown announced today the number of COVID-19 infection recoveries at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments.

  • 1 Firefighter is currently positive for the virus, and 5 others are on administrative leave as a precaution, 42 firefighters have recovered and returned to work;
  • 1 Police Officer is currently positive for the virus while 12 officers are out on administrative leave. 71 officers have recovered and returned to work.

The emergency response services provided by both Buffalo Police and Fire remain operational without any interruption in services.

The City of Buffalo lights up for Primary Election Day

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), Buffalo City Hall and our City’s other landmark buildings and structures will be lit RED, WHITE and BLUE as a reminder to residents to vote in the New York State and Federal Primary Elections.


Mayor Brown unveils new Uncut video

Mayor Brown today announced the release of the latest video in the new online series, “City of Buffalo Behind the Scenes Uncut Videos,” a collection of videos shot by City employees on their cellphones during the COVID-19 emergency. The latest video features Buffalo Police Athletic League Executive Director Nekia Kemp’s daughter, Tyanna, encouraging other children to join her in participating in Mayor Brown’s 19th annual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, visit

Reopen Buffalo

Mayor Brown urges small businesses to register with the City’s new online resource, “Reopen Buffalo.” The webpage enhances the City’s ability to communicate with small businesses through the registry where businesses can also share information about their reopening status with each other and the general public. For more information, go to www. The webpage includes an interactive map and directory, as well as links to additional resources including: Business Health and Safely Guidelines, Bid Opportunities, Minority and Women-owned Business Services, New York Forward information, and a guide on how to start a small business in the City of Buffalo.

Restaurants and small businesses can also use this resource to submit their applications to the City for open space utilization plans. These plans will allow them to use open spaces contagiously located to their business as they resume more normal operations in a manner that maintains the physical distancing needed to protect their patrons and staff.

Be counted! Mayor Brown urges residents to participate in the 2020 Census

Mayor Brown continues to call on residents to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. The City’s Census response rate as of Tuesday, June 23rd, is 49.1%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation. An accurate count gives the City the chance 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

Reminder: Michigan Avenue Bridge closed for repair

The Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge over the Buffalo River is closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to a structural concern in the cable system. The bridge will remain closed for several months until the cables can be replaced. Michigan Avenue between Ohio Street and Ganson Street will be closed during until further notice. Motorists can use the detour route via South Park Avenue to Louisiana Street, Ohio Street and to Ganson Street.

The Buffalo Employment and Training Center continues to connect 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 130 residents have been placed in positions since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency.

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Save a life, give blood

ConnectLife says the need for blood by local hospitals has increased. Mayor Brown encourages healthy residents to donate to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit

COVID-19 testing available

Find the closest COVID-19 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.

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