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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 03-11-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo’s more than 80 basketball and hockey courts are once again open for play. The City’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has completed installation of basketball hoops and hockey nets in parks and on courts throughout the City.

 “While reopening the courts for our residents to enjoy is certainly another step forward toward normalcy, I want to emphasize that the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing. I urge those using the courts to continue to follow CDC guidelines by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands regularly. We are making progress on this crisis, but we must continue to work together to keep our community safe,” Mayor Brown said.

 Signs are posted at all courts displaying Erie County and New York State Departments of Health Covid-19 safety guidelines.

 City Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets crews began re-installing basketball hoops and nets, replacing damaged backboards, and putting up hockey nets the first week of February and finished up last week. Hoops and nets were taken down last spring after the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic declaration as part of the City’s efforts to safeguard its residents.

Over the coming weeks, City crews will be addressing playground equipment and preparing tennis courts to reopen the first week of April.


City of Buffalo Celebrates National 311 Day

Oswaldo Mestre, Buffalo’s Chief Service Officer and Director of Citizen Services, applauded his 3-1-1 Non-Emergency Services staff today on the Nation’s 2nd Annual 311 Day. The March 3rd event was established in 2019 to honor 311 staffers across the U.S., and to remind Americans of how their local 311 services link citizens to their local governments and become the “eyes and ears” of their communities by reporting neighborhood concerns.

“311 is the lifeblood of the City,” says Oswaldo Mestre, Chief Service Officer, Division of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo. It shows citizens that there is always a way to reach out to City Hall. We can’t forget the human element and how this affects people in the community,” Mestre said. “The 311 Call Center is critical to smooth communications in the City. It is absolutely essential during times of uncertainty. Even with our City Hall offices closed and staff working from home, we never missed a beat. As our City faced the Covid-19 pandemic, the 311 call and resolution center stood tall, handling each interaction to achieve resolution.”

StateScoop honored Buffalo’s 311 Center with its 2020 LocalSmart Award for Local IT Innovation of the Year for its transition from an office-based to work-from-home work model.

The City of Buffalo’s 11-member 311 Center staff recorded 220,000 citizen interactions in the past year.

311 systems save lives by diverting non-emergency calls from 911 systems so emergency personnel can focus on those who need it most.

No St. Patrick’s Day Parade? No Problem! The Broadway Market to ‘Go Green’ this weekend

After kicking off its annual Easter Celebration last weekend, The Broadway Market is adding a wee bit ‘o green this Saturday, March 13th, with a slate of Irish entertainment. The Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance group will perform at 11:30 Saturday morning, followed by music by The Blarney Bunch from noon to 3 p.m.

Easter holiday vendors will also be open this Saturday, featuring Babcia’s Pierogi, which will be offering their Reuben pierogi, made with their specially-seasoned, oven-roasted corned beef and their fresh barrel sauerkraut.

The Broadway Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, with the Easter Shopping season moving into full swing March 20 through April 3, 2021. Special entertainment and Easter Bunny visits will be announced soon.

The Broadway Market adheres to all CDC and NYS COVID-19 guidelines. All guests must wear a mask during their visit.

The City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services to Hold ‘Community Engagement & Block Chat’ Virtual Meeting

The ‘Community Engagement & Block Chat’ series continues this Friday, March 12th at noon. This month’s guest is Dana R. Harris, Communications Manager, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA). Ms. Harris will provide information and answer questions regarding BURA’s STAND UP Buffalo Initiative and the What’s Your Plan? Campaign. Both programs offers Buffalo residents and businesses assistance with the impacts of COVID-19.

If you’d like to participate, please request an invitation by sending an email to by 9 p.m., tonight, Thursday, March 11th.


View Mayor Brown’s Virtual Annual State of the City Address

Buffalo, NY---Mayor Byron W. Brown presented his virtual 2021 State of the City Address on March 5th. A video of the address is now available to view on four different platforms.

To view the full address visit: the City of Buffalo’s new YouTube channel - If you haven’t subscribed yet, sign up for free at The Address can also be viewed via Vimeo at: , as well as on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page at MayorByronBrown and on Government Channel 1304.

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