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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates - 6/26

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  • 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;
  • 2 Police Officers are currently positive for the virus while 12 officers are out on administrative leave. 72 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.

Free bicycle helmet distributions helps protect children

On Saturday, June 27th, the Buffalo Police Athletic League is partnering with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to distribute a limited number of free bicycle helmets. The first curbside pickup distribution will be held from 11am to 1pm at the Tops Market located at 425 Niagara Street. The second will be held from 3pm to 5pm at the Tops Market at 1275 Jefferson Avenue. Helmets are limited so Buffalo PAL encourages residents to preregister at buffalopal.com/pal-bicycle- safety-and-free-bike-helmet-giveaway-program/

2020 Sponsors of the PAL Bicycle Safety & Free Bike Helmet Giveaway Program are:

  • BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
  • Wegmans
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • GBUAHN
  • Excelsior Orthopaedics
  • University Pediatric Dentistry
  • Variety - The Children’s Charity of Buffalo
  • WNY Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee City of Buffalo / Mayor Byron W. Brown

City of Buffalo continues to support businesses in reopening

The City of Buffalo continues to offer assistance to eligible restaurants interested in offering outdoor dining services. 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.

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.

Tune in Sunday to “Talk of the Town with Mayor Byron Brown”

Mayor Brown continues to expand efforts to keep residents informed on important updates in our community. Tune in to his new radio show, “Talk of the Town with Mayor Byron Brown,” Sunday, June 28th, at 1pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080 AM/ Power 96.5 for the latest on what is happening in the City of Buffalo.

Participate in the 2020 Census

Mayor Brown is asking residents to help get the word out about participating in the 2020 Census. The City’s Census response rate as of Friday, June 26th, is 49.2%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation. An accurate count allows the City 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.

Give blood today

ConnectLife says it needs donors with the blood type O-negative to make appointments to give blood as soon as possible. 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.

COVID-19 testing available

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.

Bulk trash pickup resumes next month

The 2020 City of Buffalo Bulk Trash Collection and Tire Drop Off will resume in July. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the City postponed the spring collection.

The updated Bulk Trash schedule is as follows:

Ellicott- July 12

Fillmore- July 19

Niagara- July 26

Masten- August 9

Lovejoy- August 16

South- August 23

Delaware- August 30

North- September 13

University- September 20

Additionally, City residents can dispose of up to 4 old car tires per event, at no cost, at the Buffalo Broadway Garage, located at 197 Broadway, between 7:30 am and 3 pm on July 25th and September 12th. For more information, contact the City’s Call and Resolution Center at 311.

Improving literacy: 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. 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.

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