Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today invited residents to his 2021 State of the City Address. The annual event will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 emergency, it will air on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Noon. Residents can view the Address by subscribing to the City of Buffalo’s new YouTube channel at www.buffalony.gov/subscribe. The Address will also be available for viewing on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MayorByronBrown and Government Channel 1304.
Mayor Brown continued to encourage eligible residents to schedule their vaccinations at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, which will begin distribution on March 3, 2021. The community-based site, supported in partnership with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Biden-Harris Administration, is part of a collaborative commitment to ensure that vaccines reach diverse and underserved communities here in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown stated, “The City of Buffalo is proud to work with our partners to ensure equity and to protect our most vulnerable neighbors from COVID-19. This vaccination site at the Delavan Grider Community Center is a positive step toward returning our community to normal.”
The first week of vaccination distribution at the site, located at 877 E. Delavan Avenue, will be only open to eligible residents of the following zip codes with low distribution rates:
Scheduling will expand to eligible Erie County residents beginning March 3rd. If you are part of the 1A and 1B categories and live in one of the zip codes above, you can make an appointment by visiting am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or by calling 1-833-697-4829.
The Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs are holding a Virtual Block Chat on Friday, February 26th at Noon. Terry Alford, Executive Director of the Michigan Street African American Corridor, will discuss how to utilize strategic planning to create a unified tourism destination. Residents can attend the free virtual event by visiting https://buffalony. webex.com/meet/citizenservices.
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 www.buffalourbanrenewal.com.
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 www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo
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.
To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. 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.
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 www.buffalony.gov/MSYAPP. No mail-in or in-person application drop offs will be accepted. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.
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 buyblackbuffalo.com 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.
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 connectlifegiveblood.org.
Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.