Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Brown today joined City of Buffalo First Lady Michelle Brown and volunteers from Team City Hall in collecting donations from generous residents as part of the Toy Joy Drive at Buffalo City Hall. The annual event gathers gifts and gift cards from the community to distribute to families in need across the City of Buffalo this holiday season.
Mayor Brown stated, “Many families have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and are in need of assistance. I encourage residents to please consider donating a gift or gift card to the Toy Joy Drive this year so we can ensure that all children in the City have a special gift to open this holiday season. As a community, we are always looking to lift each other up, it is why we are known globally as the City of Good Neighbors.”
The Toy Joy Drive gift collection continues Thursday, December 17th from Noon to 3 pm in front of Buffalo City Hall. Safety measures are in place to protect public health. Residents can also schedule a donation pickup by calling 851-4841.
Mayor Brown’s Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has raised nearly $64,000 since it launched on December 1st. The Buffalo Business Blitz is a partnership with Buffalo Bills Cornerback Josh Norman to provide assistance to struggling small businesses in Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. The program began when Josh Norman provided $25,000 of his own money to fund grants of up to $2,500 each to participating impacted businesses. If you’d like to donate, visit www.starz24.org.
More than 4,000 residents have signed up for the new 9am-4pm parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative by texting JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890. Once enrolled, participating residents will receive a text message or phone call 24 hours before the 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions need to be enforced for snow maintenance. The program provides residents with notice to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.
The Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs are holding a community engagement meeting on Friday, December 18th at Noon. Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer and Chair of the Board of the Beverly Gray Businesses Exchange Center, will discuss the Center’s resources and services as well as other assistance available for small business owners. Residents interested in attending the virtual event should email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at 9pm.
The City of Buffalo User Fee office is no longer offering in-person appointments at this time. Any resident in need a copy of their User Fee Bill, Change of Address Form or to speak to someone about their bill should contact 851-5370. Copies of bills will be printed and available for contactless pickup in Room 114 at Buffalo City Hall.
Residents are encouraged to weigh in on the City of Buffalo’s new plan for our parks. Mayor Brown and The Trust for Public Land launched a new online survey for residents to comment directly on the development of the city’s park plan. The city also released the Buffalo Unlimited Activity Book, a fun opportunity for residents of all ages to get creative and share their vision for local parks. The Buffalo Parks Master Plan is a project of The City of Buffalo, The Trust for Public Land, New City Parks, and the Regional Plan Association. The community can find out more about the plan here: https://www.tpl.org/our-work/buffalo-parks-plan. Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.
The Downtown Dollars Giveaway initiative, a partnership between Buffalo Place and Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s (BUDC) Queen City Pop Up Program, continues to attract consumers to Downtown Buffalo businesses. Shoppers have the opportunity to win $50 Downtown Dollars Giveaway Certificates now through December 24th. The contest is presented through the Buffalo Place social media channels. Several times per week Buffalo Place will post a photo and description of a participating Downtown Dollars Giveaway business. Entrants will be instructed to “like” the post and featured business and tag two friends in order to be entered to win a $50 Downtown Dollars Certificate, good at 20 participating businesses. To learn more, visit buffaloplace.com or buffalourbandevelopment.com.
Mayor Brown reminds residents to visit covid19.buffalony.gov, a one-stop destination with the latest COVID-19 related news, policies and resources in the City of Buffalo. The website includes information for small businesses, how to access support for older residents, help for those seeking employment, health and mental health guidance, ways people can help others through volunteering and donating. The page also features data and dashboards that show the impact of coronavirus.
Mayor Brown asks healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.