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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 2-22-21

Seal of the City of Buffalo

Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today issued the following statement on the Seneca Nation agreement decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals:

Mayor Brown stated, “The City of Buffalo is pleased that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Decision of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and found that the Seneca Nation is bound by the process it agreed to and to make the payments it committed to make to the State of New York - a significant portion of which are earmarked for the City of Buffalo.

“Thankfully, due to our favorable fiscal position going into this pandemic, brought about by years of responsible budgeting, we were able to weather the storm of this revenue owed being delayed, while we’ve enhanced services to keep our community safe and our workforce employed during this historically difficult time.”

Virtual chat tonight focuses on diversity and inclusion in advanced manufacturing

Mayor Brown today announced a new virtual event highlighting the City of Buffalo’s continued commitment to diversifying the region’s growing presence in the global high-tech manufacturing industry. Tonight, Mayor Brown, in partnership with Buy Black Buffalo, the Northland Workforce Training Center and Tesla, presents “The Lounge: Fireside Chat,” a Facebook Live event focusing on building diverse and equitable talent pipelines in advanced manufacturing careers.

Mayor Brown stated, “My Administration’s strategy to create a pipeline to support the advanced manufacturing industry with skilled employees is working. I thank the Northland Workforce Training Center, Tesla and other partners for working with us to cultivate job opportunities for Buffalo residents. I encourage residents to utilize the many options available to them to get on the path to good-paying careers in this industry, which continues to change to meet the needs of the global market.”

Special guests featured during “The Lounge: Fireside Chat” include Mayor Brown, Tesla Vice President of People, Valarie Workman, Northland Workforce Training Center President and CEO, Stephen Tucker and Northland Workforce Training Center graduate and Tesla Employee Charles McCain. Residents can tune in by visiting Mayor Brown’s Facebook page at 6pm tonight. For more information, visit

Mayor Brown’s statement on the cancellation of the 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Brown stated, “The United Irish American Association made the right call to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Delaware Avenue this year. I thank organizers for recognizing the importance of keeping our region’s infection rate down so that our health systems do not become overwhelmed. It is up to us all to continue to be vigilant to protect and maintain the health of our family, friends and neighbors during the COVID-19 emergency. I join the rest of our community in looking forward to celebrating this annual tradition that draws thousands to downtown Buffalo when this crisis comes to an end.”

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.

Vaccination scheduling begins Wednesday for the Delavan Grider Community Center

Appointment scheduling will begin at 8am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, for residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the new community-based vaccination site at the Delavan Grider Community Center. The first week of vaccination distribution at the site, located at 877 E. Delavan Avenue, will be only open to residents of the following eligible zip codes with low distribution rates:

  • 14209
  • 14201
  • 14208
  • 14213
  • 14211
  • 14215
  • 14214
  • 14204
  • 14222
  • 14212

Scheduling will expand to Erie County residents beginning March 3rd. The new FEMA vaccination site is part of an ongoing commitment to ensure equity in the distribution of the vaccine here in the City of Buffalo. Mayor Brown encourages all residents to take the vaccine to bring this public health emergency to an end. To find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit

Apply 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 assist residents with eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, fair housing, owner & rental housing rehabilitation, microenterprise assistance and digital inclusion analysis. Eligible applicants must have incomes below 80% of the area median income. For more information on how to apply, call 3-1-1, 2-1-1 or visit

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

Nearly 6,200 residents have signed up for BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative

Participation in the BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative continues to grow. The new 9am-4pm parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo is now up to nearly 6,200 users. 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.

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.

Now hiring: 2021 Summer Youth Internship Program

Mayor Brown encourages City youth between the ages of 14 to 21 to apply for his 2021 Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program. The initiative provides in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training. 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. City youth can apply online at No mail-in or in-person application drop offs will be accepted. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Activism in sports: Student art competition

Buy Black Buffalo is partnering with Buffalo Bills Running Back Zack Moss, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. and Albright Knox to spotlight our youth’s voices. Through Instagram, Moss asks all City of Buffalo students in grades 6-12 to submit a video up to 60 seconds, digital artwork, or an up to 100-word written expression about what activism in sports means to them and the culture. For more information about the contest, please visit or on Instagram @ buyblackbuffalony and @pal_buffalo. Albright Knox will judge the entries and select three winners. The first-place winner will enjoy a ten-minute virtual meet and greet with Zack Moss. All three winners will receive memorabilia from Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills.

Help your community by giving blood

Mayor Brown encourages healthy residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment, 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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