Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Brown today urged members of the community to be vigilant about health and safety ahead of two major sports events this weekend. The Buffalo Bills kick off against the Denver Broncos at 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 19th, a victory that would clinch the first AFC East Championship Title for the Bills in 25 years. The University at Buffalo Football team faces Ball State at 7:30 pm tonight in Detroit, marking the third time in program history that UB has played in the MAC Championship game.
Mayor Brown stated, “It’s going to be a fantastic football weekend with UB playing for the MAC Conference Championship tonight and the Bills seeking to clinch the AFC East Division title on Saturday. There is great anticipation and excitement. However, I am asking everyone to play it smart. Enjoy the big games with those that live in your house and follow CDC guidelines to stay safe from the Coronavirus. Let’s have a winning weekend on and off the field. Cheer loudly but celebrate safely.”
Mayor Brown directed the dome atop historic Buffalo City Hall be lit RED and BLUE to show support for the Bills tonight and on Saturday, December 19th. He is also asking residents to show their support for the team by wearing their Bills gear and sharing a photo as a comment to his Facebook post or by tagging Mayor Brown on Instagram or Twitter.
Mayor Brown today thanked the community for its overwhelming support of his annual Toy Joy Drive. On Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers collected over $15,000 in gift items and gift cards from generous residents dropping them off in front of Buffalo City Hall. The Police Athletic League of Buffalo will distribute the collected items to families in need across the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown stated, “I am grateful to our community for their support during my annual Toy Joy Drive. Thanks to their generosity, children in need across the City of Buffalo will have a gift to open this holiday season. I thank everyone for assisting our most vulnerable and for again showing the world why we are the City of Good Neighbors.”
If you missed the drop-off but would like to still donate new or unwrapped toys or gift cards, drop off bins are located at the entrances of Buffalo City Hall. The collection will end on December 24th.
The Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has raised nearly $65,000 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.
This year, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on a Friday. During those weeks, Friday garbage and recycling collections will be picked up on Saturday. All other collections remain unchanged.
4,370 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 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.
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.
To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing.
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.
Local job experts continue to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. If you are looking for a new job, call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions.
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.