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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 03-15-21

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown will join Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Health Commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein at 7 p.m. this evening for a candlelight vigil to mark the solemn one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Covid-19 virus in Erie County.

In addition to the vigil outside old County Hall, the dome of City Hall and downtown county buildings will be lit in amber light for a second night to mark the pandemic milestone.

“I feel deep sadness for the nearly 1,700 lives lost across Erie County, many in the City of Buffalo, and the almost 67,000 local residents who have contracted the virus, as well as their families and friends. All of us now know someone who has battled the virus, and too many of us know the grief and emptiness of those who lost their lives,” Mayor Brown said. “The toll COVID-19 has taken on us cannot be fully measured, but what we can measure are the many positive things that so many did in the long days, weeks and months of the last year to overcome crisis. That is why I also feel great hope.”

The Mayor noted that in the face of pandemic devastation, frontline workers stepped up to help the City of Buffalo and Erie County keep delivering healthcare, government, education, and retail services. At the same time, residents stood strong in the face of the unknown to support their family members, neighbors, and neighborhoods in this time of enormous need.

“In 2021, we will continue to step up. We will not stop, panic or shrink from the challenge. We will keep moving forward- steady and resolute in our belief that our best days are not just ahead of - but within our immediate reach. There will be days we’re down, but we’re never out. Sometimes things will be grim, but we will turn them around. Sometimes our problems will seem insurmountable, but we figure them out, knowing that we are not alone. We are Buffalo and Erie County Strong,” Mayor Brown added.

The City Hall dome was bathed in white light overnight on March 11th into March 12th, to mark the day in 2020 when the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic.


After a Very Successful Day on Saturday, March 13th, The Broadway Market Looks Forward to a Busy 132ND Easter Holiday Season

The Broadway Market saw near capacity crowds last Saturday as its 60 vendors offered Easter season goods, while also providing St. Patrick’s Day-themed Irish entertainment.

The Broadway Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., next Saturday, March 20th, and begin Easter holiday hours on Sunday, March 21st, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting Monday, March 22nd all Easter vendors on site daily, through April 3rd.

The Broadway Market’s special Easter Holiday hours are: 

Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 2nd from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 3rd from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The market is closed on Easter Sunday, April 4th. The Easter Bunny will be at the market:

Saturday, March 27th and 28th from Noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 29th – Friday, April 2nd from Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3rd from Noon to 4 p.m.


Easter Holiday Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, March 20:      Kristen Smigielski Combo, Noon – 3 p.m. Monday, March 22:        Porcelain Train, Noon – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23:       Docenko, Noon – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24: Carol McLaughlin Quartet, Noon – 3 p.m. 

Thursday, March 25: Jazzbirds, Noon – 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 27: Special Delivery Band, Noon – 3 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 30:    Docenko, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 3:      Special Delivery Band, Noon – 3 p.m.

The Broadway Market adheres to all CDC and NYS COVID-19 guidelines. You must wear a mask while inside the Broadway Market.

Time is Running Out to Apply for the Mayor’s Summer 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 Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Applications Open for the “STAND UP Buffalo” Program

Applications are now being accepted for Mayor Brown’s $11 million Small Business, Tenants, And Neighborhood Development or “STAND UP Buffalo” grant program. The initiative offers direct assistance grants and programs that will allow residents and business owners to respond to the unique challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) has 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:

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