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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 2-5-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets is ready to handle the Lake Effect snowstorm which will impact Buffalo through late Saturday.

Over a dozen trucks were out ahead of the snowfall pre-treating City streets, and plowing crews are ready to handle what’s expected to be a major snowfall.

While peak wind gusts are forecast to subside from 50 mph by this evening, high winds will remain a factor through Saturday. Due to strong wave action and high lake levels, shoreline flooding is expected. The Erie Basin Marina, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, Broderick Park and the Bird Island Pier will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Winds could potentially cause power outages, downed power lines and tree damage. Residents are asked to call National Grid to report downed lines and outages at: 1-800-867-5222. In the case of downed trees which fall on streets, homes or power lines, please call 911.

For non-emergency tree issues, residents should call 311. Operators will be checking messages left on the hotline’s voicemail frequently throughout the weekend. City Forestry crews are on stand-by to handle tree issues.

Snow is in the forecast! Sign up today 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.

Mayor Brown announces WEDI will begin distributing Buffalo Business Blitz grants to small businesses

Buffalo, NY --- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) will begin notifying the small business owners who will receive grants of up to $2,500 as part of the Buffalo Business Blitz, a partnership between the City of Buffalo and the Starz24 Foundation. The Buffalo Business Blitz began in December when Bills Cornerback Josh Norman and his Starz24 Foundation provided $25,000 to create the fund, which collected more than $500,000 in donations to assist small businesses.

“My Administration will continue to do all we can to support Buffalo’s  small businesses suffering economic hardship as     a result of this pandemic. I’m proud of our community for its continued generosity and strong support of the Buffalo Business Blitz. I thank Josh Norman for his dedication to the success of this initiative and I want to congratulate those small business owners who applied and will now receive grants to assist them,” Mayor Brown said. “My administration has worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure our small businesses have all the resources they need to operate safely and according to New York State’s guidelines. These funds will ensure that more businesses will have the resources they need during these difficult times.”

“The Buffalo Business Blitz shows what a community can do when everyone comes together for the greater good. Western New York raised over $500,000 and are going to help around 200 small businesses, and that’s a big deal for our economy.” said Josh Norman. “Bills fans are the most generous in the nation. I hope Bills Mafia continues to donate their money to the causes of their choosing because it’s going to take all of us to make a stronger impact together as one buffalo.” Around 200 grant awards, which include awards to over 100 small business owners located in the City of Buffalo, will be distributed. Of the businesses awarded, 52% women-owned and 43% are owned by people of color. The Starz24 Foundation selected Westminster Economic Development Initiative to administer grants of up to $2,500 to each qualifying business. WEDI handled all of the logistics associated with the application process, including application evaluation and administration of the funds. Recipients of this grant

“WEDI is the ideal organization to partner with the BBB because we are embedded in Buffalo’s small business community,” said Carolynn Welch, Executive Director of WEDI. “We’ve been called on repeatedly to support Buffalo/WNY’s small business owners/entrepreneurs through this crisis. Partnering with Josh Norman on the BBB perfectly aligns with our mission to achieve economic equity in Buffalo.”

The Buffalo Business Blitz is yet another initiative that continues the Brown Administration’s commitment to finding innovative and collaborative ways to help residents and businesses during these trying times. The Buffalo Business Blitz was a natural initiative that came out of his Administration, in partnership with Starz24, because of a shared understanding of the needs of, and connection to, small business owners. For more information about the program, visit

Mayor Brown urges caution ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

Mayor Brown issued the following statement in regards to Super Bowl Sunday safety:

Mayor Brown stated, “I know Super Bowl Sunday is a time to traditionally gather with family and friends but I am asking residents to limit the celebration to strictly members of your own household. Experts have said repeatedly that large intimate gatherings are responsible for spiking infection rates and we owe it to our family, friends and neighbors working in our medical systems to keep our numbers down. Do your part to protect our community by doing the right thing. Please celebrate safely this Sunday.”

Mayor Brown Launches Application Period for 2021 Summer Youth Internship Program

Mayor Byron W. Brown has officially launched the on-line application period for his 2021 Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program and encouraged City youth between the ages of 14 and 21, as well as interested employers, to apply at Applications will be accepted until, March 31, 2021.

“My Administration remains committed to preparing city youth, of every background, to enter the workforce,” said Mayor Brown. “Through this pioneering program, the City has provided valuable work experience to over 25,500 young city residents since 2006. We are pleased to keep this strong tradition going, despite the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic, by implementing another year of summer employment which will provide life-changing pathways to career success.”

Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program provides 6 weeks of both in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training, to youth in the city of Buffalo during the summer months. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 12, 2021 and ends August 20, 2021. Applying is easy. City youth can apply online ONLY at No mail-in or in-person drop off of applications will be accepted. Again, all applications will be accepted online only at MSYAPP

To be eligible for Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program, youth must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and must turn age 14 by March 31, 2021. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive job readiness, life skills and financial literacy training. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the program. College Students are encouraged to apply.

Shop the Broadway Market this Valentine’s Day

The historic Broadway Market, located at 999 Broadway, has a couple sweet offers for Valentine’s Day. The market is selling “Sweetheart Bags” featuring: 2 wine glasses, a bottle of wine, 6 chocolate strawberries and 2 mini pastry hearts from market vendors Lewandowski Produce, Chateau Buffalo, Strawberry Island and White Eagle Bakery. The baskets are $35 each and can be ordered for pickup by visiting Baskets picked up is on February 13, 2021.

Kitchen @ The Market and Chef Darian Bryan are also offering a Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf take and make meal for 2. Chef Darian has selected and prepared the best ingredients from the Broadway Market for customers to cook their own intimate Valentine’s Day dinner. The package includes a zoom tutorial by Chef Darian, 2 seasoned strip steaks, 2 lobster tails, 2 twice baked potatoes and more! The package costs $165 and can be ordered for pickup on February 13, 2021 by visiting https://

Reopen Buffalo: A guide to help small businesses navigate 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

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.

What would you like to see in Buffalo parks?

Residents have an opportunity to provide input 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. Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.

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, February 7th, at 1pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080  AM/ Power 96.5.

BETC offering free job counseling

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.

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

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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