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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 1-28-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown, the City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services, and the Buffalo Wintermission Team are gearing up for the official kickoff of “Winter Porch Sports”, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield. This inclusive event for City residents is designed to increase physical activity and connectedness during the winter season. Winter Porch Sports will make its debut on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at both Roosevelt Park and Schiller Park at 2 PM. To register, visit https://

Mayor Brown stated, “Winter Porch Sports is yet another innovative and creative event that celebrates Buffalo’s winter weather, while keeping us safe, motivated and connected. I thank BlueCross BlueShield for sponsoring this health and wellness initiative, which is part of Buffalo Wintermission. I encourage City residents to preregister for the Winter Porch Sport kickoff, and join me for two hours of safe and healthy outdoor fun.”

As part of the Winter Porch Sports kickoff, two video LED mobile billboards, secured on trucks, will roll into each park, showcasing local health and fitness trainers who will offer classes to participating residents. During the two hour program, which adheres to all CDC guidelines to ensure proper social distancing and gathering protocols, residents will be encouraged to take part in a series of group fitness activities.

Once the park programs end at 4 PM, the video LED mobile billboards will make their way into neighboring streets, offering residents the same physical fitness experience, only this time from the safety of their own porch! The idea is to get the entire neighborhood engaged to reach a common physical goal, while inspiring community engagement by being together and outdoors during the winter months. The trucks will be out on the streets from 4 PM until 8 PM.

Winter Porch Sports events are scheduled for every Tuesday and Wednesday through March, from 2 PM to 8 PM. On Tuesdays, events take place at Roosevelt and Schiller Parks, and surrounding residential streets. On Wednesdays, Winter Porch Sports events will take place at Front Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, and surrounding residential streets.

In addition, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo will bring its PLAYSTREETS program to a number of the “Winter Porch Sports” events. At these park-only events, participating residents will enjoy live fitness instructors, as well as PAL sports equipment giveaways and other prize incentives. Be sure to pay attention to the schedule as the hours change when it’s a Winter Porch Sports event, with PLAYSTREETS.

“This program is us bringing the engagement to the people, right where they are. We saw the need for accessible winter programming that meshed with the recent COVID-19 guidelines, and this is our response. I am excited to get the residents’ feedback on our pilot program,” stated Chief Executive Officer of Division of Citizen Services Oswaldo Mestre.

Executive Director Nekia Kemp stated, “The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is proud to be a part of providing outdoor activities and free sport’s equipment through our PLAYSTREETS program as part of the Wintermission initiative. The winter session of Play Streets promotes fitness, health, and wellness to our city’s youth and families during the winter months.”


Tuesdays/ February through March

Schiller Park and Roosevelt Park 2 PM - 4 PM

Residential neighborhoods 4 PM-8 PM

Wednesdays/February through March

Front Park and MLK, Jr. Park 2 PM- 4 PM

Residential neighborhoods 4 PM - 8 PM

Winter Porch Sports WITH PLAYSTREETS Tuesday, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23 Roosevelt Park/4:30-5:30 PM

Schiller Park/5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 24, March 10, March 24 MLK, Jr. Park, 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM

Front Park, 5:30 PM -6:30 PM

For more information about Winter Porch Sports or Wintermission Buffalo, please reach out to or visit the webpage

Parking reminder

City residents are reminded to obey the “No Parking 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday” signs. We need to ensure that emergency vehicles can get down these streets.

Buffalo Sewer Authority is a national model for diversity and inclusion

Buffalo Sewer General Manager OJ McFoy was the keynote speaker today at the New England Water Environment Association’s 2021 annual conference. Mr. McFoy discussed the agency’s efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and equity at every level within the authority. Since 2005, the Buffalo Sewer Authority Executive Team has increased the number of Black, Indigenous and people of color by 50%. The number of board members also saw an increase of 26%. The number of Buffalo Sewer employees who are Black, Indigenous and people of color also rose from just 5% in 2005 to 37% in 2020.

Learn more about COVID-19 during Friday’s Virtual Block Chat

The Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs are holding a Virtual Block Chat on Friday, January 29th at Noon. Madeleine Thompson of the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative is this week’s featured guest and she will discuss COVID-19 safety and solutions. Residents can attend the free event by visiting citizenservices.

Buffalo Love Your Block to host virtual networking event tomorrow

The Buffalo Love Your Block team is inviting residents and community stakeholders to attend its Peer-to-Peer Virtual Networking Workshop on Friday, January 29, 2021. The Love Your Block Buffalo initiative is a mini-grant program for community-based groups, block clubs or neighborhood projects that improve our neighborhoods. During the workshop, the Love Your Block team will discuss details about how to get involved with the initiative and highlight past projects. The Peer-to-Peer Virtual Networking Workshop runs from 3:30pm – 5pm. To RSVP, please email loveyourblock@city-buffalo. com and you will be sent a registration link. For more information, visit

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.

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.

Tune in Sunday to “Talk of the Town with Mayor Brown”

Mayor Brown continues to expand efforts to keep residents informed on important updates in our community. Tune in to his radio show, “Talk of the Town with Mayor Brown,” Sunday, January 31st, at 1pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080 AM/ Power 96.5.

Last call: Support Buffalo youth via the #BuffaloStrong campaign

This is the final week to 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

Help your community by giving blood

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

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