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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 2-8-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that as part of Black History Month, he is partnering with Buy Black Buffalo to bring educational resources to minority and women-owned small business owners in the City of Buffalo. The first event, a Tax Preparation and Accounting Workshop Series, will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 6pm. Attendees will learn tips on how to have their accounting and tax affairs in order and also about available services to assist them this tax season.

Mayor Brown stated, “With the impact COVID-19 has had on our community, especially our minority-owned small businesses, it is critical that we continue to provide whatever support we can to ensure their survival through this pandemic. Small businesses are the very lifeblood of our economy so their success is our success. I strongly encourage all City minority-owned small business owners to take advantage of this free seminar.”

The free virtual session will be facilitated by Nakiea Cook, MBA, Owner of NCA Accounting and Consulting Solutions and Matthew Revere, Deputy Director of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center. To register, visit


Apply now for assistance through the STAND UP Buffalo initiative

Applications are now being accepted for Mayor Brown’s new Small Business, Tenants, And Neighborhood Development Underwriting Program or “STAND UP Buffalo” Initiative. The initiative is comprised of a series of direct assistance grants and programs that will allow residents and business owners to respond to the unique challenges the global Coronavirus Pandemic has caused in Buffalo and cities across the nation.

The City of Buffalo received $11 million from the CARES Act and other funding sources to fund the STAND UP Buffalo. From that grant, BURA proactively developed new programs to meet the following needs:

  • Eviction Prevention
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Fair Housing
  • Owner & Rental Housing Rehab
  • Microenterprise Assistance
  • Digital Inclusion Analysis

BURA is partnering with several community agencies and entities to provide services to qualifying participants. Eligible applicants must have incomes below 80 percent of the area median income. BURA established a new Central Intake System, which residents can access by calling 2-1-1, 3-1-1, or one of the partnering agencies administering the desired services. After answering some questions, the Central Intake System will direct qualifying applicants to the appropriate service program so they can access the appropriate form and type of assistance.

Community agencies partnering with the City to deliver these critical services to City residents and small businesses include:

  • 2-1-1 WNY
  • Matt Urban Center
  • Restoration Society
  • Belmont Housing Resources
  • Center for Elder Law and Justice
  • Catholic Charities
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Old First Ward Community Association
  • Heart of the City Neighborhoods
  • University District Community Development Association
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal
  • Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Westminster Economic Development Initiative

The City is looking to make investments that will have long-term impacts once the pandemic ends. It is estimated that nearly 2,000 residents will receive these services in 2021.

Weekend storm update on our parks

Broderick Park is back open to the public. Ice built up on the walkway of Bird Island Pier and it will remain closed until the ice melts and is safe to walk on. Erie Basin Marina also remains closed due to icy conditions. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park has reopened to the public, with vehicular traffic access to the dog park.

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.

More than 6,000 residents have signed up for BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative

Over 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.

Winter Porch Sports postponed this week

Due to the dangerously frigid temperatures, “Winter Porch Sports” has been postponed until next week. This inclusive event is designed to increase physical activity during winter. Winter Porch Sports will resume the following week, stay updated on dates, times and locations by following Mayor Brown’s Facebook page.

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

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.

BETC offers 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.


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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