Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that all on-street parking meters and the alternate parking regulations that were suspended in mid-March will go back into effect on Wednesday, July 1st. The parking regulations were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency. Residents are encouraged to download Buffalo Roam, the City of Buffalo’s official parking app, which allows motorists to forego coin/credit card payments at the meters, and instead pay from their mobile device. The app also warns motorists when their time is about to expire and gives residents the ability to extend their parking session. The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
Mayor Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo has been designated a “United States Pioneer” by CitiesWithNature, an online platform that helps municipalities use nature to combat climate change and improve the quality of life for residents. Participating cities share policies, plans, and committed actions that help protect nature, prioritize nature-based solutions to climate change and make sure residents in their communities have easy access to nature and the outdoors.
Mayor Brown stated, “My Administration continues to explore new methods to preserve our natural resources, invest in our world-class park system and utilize cutting-edge technology to clean and protect our water. I am proud that our great City continues to be a model for other municipalities across the nation looking to create more environmentally-friendly spaces for future generations to enjoy for years to come.”
Managed in partnership between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Nature Conservancy, the CitiesWithNature platform is endorsed by the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as the official mechanism to coordinate local and subnational ambitions and commitments toward global efforts in halting biodiversity loss and protecting our natural world.
The City of Buffalo continues to offer assistance to eligible restaurants interested in providing outdoor dining services. So far, the City has approved 24 restaurants seeking to provide that dining option. Per New York State regulations, outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Restaurants can submit open public space use plans at buffalony.gov/reopenbuffalo.
Approved restaurants include:
Allen Street Hardware
Brick Oven Bistro
Buffalo Irish Center
Casey’s Black Rock Coco Bar and Bistro
Frankie Primo’s +39
Free Street Tavern
Fresh Catch Poke Co.
Hartman’s Distilling Co. Lockhouse Distillery
Marble + Rye
Resurgence Brewing Co.
Revolution Gallery LLC
The Heights Experience
Ukrainian Cultural Center
Mayor Brown joined organizers of the Taste of Buffalo at Home and Tops Friendly Markets for a special overview of the 2020 online celebration. The virtual food festival is scheduled for July 11th and 12thand will provide support for local restaurants while embodying the spirit of the live festival with cooking demonstrations, live music, and other food-related fun – all hosted online. Participating restaurants, food trucks, and wineries will make special offerings available for takeout or at the store or restaurant (where available) on July 11th and 12th, and continuing the following week while supplies last. An interactive virtual festival guide is available now at tasteofbuffalo.com and features menus from participants with links to make it easy to order.
Mayor Brown stated, “Even though we won’t be physically gathering in Niagara Square for this year’s Taste of Buffalo, much creativity and planning have gone into the virtual format to make sure the tradition is still delicious, entertaining, fun, and safe. The annual tradition of showcasing the many diverse restaurants and beverage makers from across the City of Buffalo and the region will continue through take-out, sample boxes and food truck options, and there will be several interactive options to bring festival goers of all ages together in the virtual world.”
Throughout the event weekend, virtual food tickets will be sold online to benefit FeedMore WNY and support the organization’s ongoing hunger relief efforts. The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation’s largest two-day food festival.
Mayor Brown’s Scrap It! Residential Food Scrap Recycling Program will be at the Downtown Country Market on Thursdays starting tomorrow, June 25th, from 10am to noon. Food scraps are a large portion of our waste stream and the ability to process food scraps locally can lead to opportunities to increase recycling rates and allow the City to become cleaner and healthier. The creation of compost, a natural healthy fertilizer, can be useful for our community parks, gardens, and trees, instead of being sent to landfill. To learn more about the initiative, visit www.buffalony.gov. The Downtown Country Market takes place on Thursdays from 10am through 2:30pm on Main Street between Court and Church Streets through October 22nd. Safety measures are in place due to the COVID-19 emergency.
Mayor Brown continues to encourage residents to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. The City’s Census response rate as of Wednesday, June 24th, 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 2020Census.gov.
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 140 residents have been placed in positions since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency.
Looking for a way to give back to your community? ConnectLife is welcoming more donors to give blood. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or to host a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
Find the closest COVID-19 test site near you by visiting covid19.buffalony.gov. 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.
Mayor Brown urges all Buffalo school students to take part in his Virtual Reading Rules! Kid’s Summer Reading Challenge. 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 buffalony.gov.