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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 1-11-21


Mayor Byron W. Brown today issued the following statement in regards to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State address: 

Mayor Brown stated, “I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. His State of the State plan saves lives through an unprecedented vaccination strategy, fights to reopen small businesses, creates new opportunities in the post-COVID era, continues intelligent investment and addresses long unanswered calls for racial justice and equity. New Yorkers are being tested like never before, but I know we will overcome these challenges, together.” 

Visit the City Hall Selfie Station 

Mayor Brown issued a “Selfie Challenge” to Bills Mafia, inviting them to take selfies at the new Selfie Station under the new banners at Buffalo City Hall. He is asking Bills fans to safely meet a goal of 2,021 photos between now and the next Bills playoff game this Saturday, January 16th, as a special way to honor the AFC East Champion’s winning season. Challenge participants must have their profiles set to public and tag Mayor Brown in their post for a chance to be featured on his social media. Please also tag the Buffalo Bills and use #GoBills and #BillsMafia to show the team your support. Be sure to follow @MayorByronBrown716 on Instagram, @MayorByronBrown on Twitter and @ MayorByronBrown on Facebook. 

Parking reminder 

Tonight, there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access. 

Sign up for BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative 

Nearly 6,000 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. 

Reopen Buffalo: A guide for small businesses impacted by the pandemic 

Resources are available to assist small businesses in the City of Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City also offers additional resources through 

City of Buffalo User Fee Office continues operations remotely 

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 or 851-5014. Copies of bills will be printed and available for contactless pickup in Room 114 at Buffalo City Hall. 

Support Buffalo youth today 

Show your pride in Buffalo while also helping to provide quality programming to young City residents. WKBW-7’s #BuffaloStrong campaign is helping the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, by launching a new, grey edition of the popular #BuffaloStrong shirts and hoodies. Through a continued partnership with Retro Buffalo, $7 from each t-shirt and hoodie purchase will go to the Buffalo PAL, which provides educational, athletic and cultural programs to over 20,000 City of Buffalo youth every year. To order, visit For more about how you can help Buffalo PAL, visit 

COVID-19 testing available 

To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit 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. 

Help your community by donating blood 

January is National Blood Donor Month. Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate 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 

Looking for work? Call BETC for free job placement assistance 

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. 

Sign up for BuffAlert 

Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890. 

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