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Posted on: January 9, 2021

Bills Fever Heats Up as the NFL Playoffs Kick Off


Buffalo, New York - Bills fever continues to run high in Buffalo in the hours leading up to the Bills playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown unveiled new vertical banners that were installed across the front of Buffalo City Hall, celebrating the 2020 AFC East champions and the start of the Bills playoff run. He issued a “Selfie Challenge” to Bills Mafia, inviting them to take selfies outside City Hall in an effort to safely meet a goal of 2,021 photos between now and the next Bills playoff game. He also gave away the Bills playoff tickets he purchased to two City employees, who will now join the 6,700 plus spectators at Bills Stadium for today’s playoff game.

Mayor Brown stated, “Bills fans have waited a long time for this day and I’m honored to give my Bills playoff tickets to two exceptional City employees, who also happen to be die-hard Bills fans. These individuals are hard workers, go above and beyond the call of duty every day, and serve as an example of the hardworking men and women of the City workforce who continue to keep our City moving forward during the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic.”

The recipients of the tickets were 19 year old Jeremiah Harris and 44 year old Jerome Costner.  The City of Buffalo residents work together in the Division of Streets and Sanitation, under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation Henry Jackson. Harris, who took part in Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program for four years, was hired as a general laborer a year ago. Costner has been a heavy equipment operator since 2014. Both men are die-hard Bills fans. 

Costner stated,   “Going to a Bills playoff game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it means so much to me. Thank you, Mayor Brown, for recognizing me, as well as the guys in the Division of Streets and Sanitation who work just as hard every day for our residents. We consider it a privilege.” Harris stated, “I never expected to be going to the Bills Saturday playoff game. The recognition by the Mayor means a lot to me, but honestly, I’m just doing the best job I can for the city I love. We’ll be sure to take a lot of pictures at the game for everyone to enjoy. Go Bills.”

 The vertical banners installed across the front of Buffalo City Hall celebrate the 2020 AFC East Champions and the start of the Bills playoff run. There is a “Selfie Station”, where fans from across Western New York can come to City Hall and take outdoor, socially distanced and masked photos to safely commemorate this historic Bills season. As part of Mayor Brown’s “Selfie Challenge”, he asked Bills Mafia to stop by, between now and the next Bills playoff game, to safely meet his goal of 2,021 photos.

 “I told you that we had big plans for Bills fans to celebrate safely during the Bills playoff run. We’re extremely proud of our team and hope our new display shows it. I challenge Bills Mafia to stop by our City Hall Bills Selfie Station, between now and the next Bills playoff game, and take unique, celebratory and socially distant selfies. We want as many fans involved as possible to safely meet our goal of 2,021 photos to mark the team’s historic season.”

 Participants of this special “Selfie Challenge” are asked to tag Mayor Brown in their post for a chance to be featured on his social media. Please also tag the Buffalo Bills, using #GoBills and #BillsMafia to show the team your support. Be sure to follow @MayorByronBrown716 on Instagram, @MayorByronBrown on Twitter and @ MayorByronBrown on Facebook.

 Mayor Brown was also joined by “Future Dance”, who performed their original dance choreography to a unique rendition of the Bills Shout anthem on City Hall steps.

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