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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, June 16


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today called on residents to provide input on the revitalization of the iconic Broadway Market, a staple of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. A virtual community engagement meeting is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Residents can give input to help develop 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.

Border crossing restrictions extended Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that all non-essential travel between the United States and Canada will continue to be restricted until at least July 21st. Essential travel over the border is permitted for medical or emergency purposes, work, commercial vehicles including tractor trailers and those on government business.

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 8 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 11 officers are out on administrative leave. 70 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.

Buffalo Sewer General Manager recognized for excellence

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter announced that Oluwole McFoy, General Manager of the Buffalo Sewer Authority, is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Government Administration Award. The ASPA is the nation’s leading public service organization advancing the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and nonprofit administration.

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 16th, is 48.9%. 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.

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, providing residents with tips and insights on City services and ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency. The new video features City of Buffalo Recycling Coordinator Bridget Houck giving residents insight into Mayor Brown’s Scrap It! Residential Food Scrap Recycling Program. For more information, “Like” @MayorByronBrown on Facebook, follow him on Instagram via @MayorByronBrown716, and on Twitter @MayorByronBrown.

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.

Downtown Country Market returns Thursday

The 38th anniversary season of the Downtown Country Market kicks off on Thursday, June 18th. The Market, sponsored by M&T Bank, takes place on Thursdays from 10am through 2:30pm on Main Street between Court and Church Streets through October 22nd. The market features an eclectic mix of fresh goods and fine wares. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Buffalo Place has established a Health Safety Plan for market this season. Adjustments for vendors and guests include: requiring face masks covering their nose and mouth; vendors properly spaced to maintain social distancing; and handwashing stations/hand sanitizer will be made available. Mayor Brown’s Scrap It! Residential Food Scrap Recycling Program will also be at the market for residents to dispose of food scraps for composting on Thursdays, from 10am to Noon, starting Thursday, June 25th.

The City of Buffalo lights up for Women’s Lung Health Week

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit TURQUOISE in recognition of Women’s Lung Health Week, a week devoted to empowering women to make their lung health a priority.

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.

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

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