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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 03-30-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced ‘last call’ for applications for his 2021 Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program. The online application period, which opened on February 4th closes tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31st.

“My Administration remains committed to preparing city youth, of every background, to enter the workforce,” said Mayor Brown. “Through this pioneering program, the City has provided valuable work experience to over 25,500 young city residents since 2006. We are pleased to keep this strong tradition going, despite the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic, by implementing another year of summer employment which will provide life-changing pathways to career success.”

The paid program is open to young people between the ages of 14 to 21. 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.

“As we continue to shape the workforce of tomorrow, my Administration will invest $2,374,604 in this program this year, providing learn and earn opportunities to 1,500 youth,” Mayor Brown added.

Detailed information on the program, application requirements and forms are available at No mail-in or in-person application drop offs will be accepted.

The Easter Week Rush is on at the historic Broadway Market!

The Broadway Market’s 132nd Easter shopping blitz is in its final days, so hop on over to pick up your Easter favorites, visit the Easter Bunny, and get your Dyngus Day pussy willows.


The Broadway Market’s Easter Week hours are:

Today and tomorrow, 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:

Wednesday, March 31 – Friday, April 2nd from Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3rd from Noon to 4 p.m.

There’s still time to take advantage of the Market’s pre-order/curbside pick-up option. A list of participating pre-order

vendors and information on the pick-up process is posted on the Market’s website: and the City of Buffalo website: Curbside pick-up slots are only available Wednesday, March 31st through Saturday, April 3rd.

Another time-saver is the Friends of the Broadway Market ‘Easter Dinner Basket’, filled with popular holiday foods, designed to feed four people.

The baskets, priced at $80 each, will contain traditional Easter favorites, plus some popular new items. Contents will include: Lupas Meats ham, Camellia Meats polish sausage, Broadway Seafood, Inc. cod, Babcia’s Pierogi Company pierogi, Malczewski’s butter lamb, Famous Horseradish horseradish, White Eagle Bakery rye bread and cupcakes, We R Nuts kettle corn, Lewandowski Produce asparagus and small potatoes, Deb’s Delights jam and Strawberry Island Chocolates candy.

Only 100 of the special Easter baskets are available, so order now!

Easter meal baskets can be ordered at: For additional information contact the Broadway Market at 716-893-0705. Basket pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Kitchen @ The Market.

Mayor Brown Takes Part in the Announcement of New Name for Bills Stadium

Mayor Brown joined Kim Pegula and Bills executives to announce Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York has won naming rights to the 48-year-old home of the Buffalo Bills.

Highmark, which earlier this month completed a realignment to make HealthNow Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY an affiliate, making it the fourth-largest Blue in the U.S. with more than 6 million members, has secured a 10-year deal for the Highmark Stadium name.

“From Terry and Kim Pegula, to Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, to Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and the entire roster of great players, the sky’s the limit for our Bills, and we’re excited for the upcoming season in a now newly-named stadium,” Mayor Brown said.

In his remarks, Mayor Brown congratulated Highmark on its new endeavors in Buffalo and the region and its new relationship with the Buffalo Bills, adding his hope that the stadium naming rights deal is the beginning – not the end – of Highmark’s commitment to the region and the residents of the City of Buffalo.

“As a strong corporate organization, I urge Highmark to reinforce their presence in Buffalo by building on their initial announcement of supporting our more at-risk, vulnerable residents. Highmark can clearly send a powerful and convincing message that they are truly dedicated to Buffalo, by building on and increasing the initial programs and initiatives they will fund to help those that have not received adequate healthcare services,” Mayor Brown said. “I urge Highmark to channel the grit and determination of our Bills to become champions in Buffalo for our friends, neighbors and relatives who know what the consequences are from poor healthcare, inadequate health food choices, and other challenging social determinants of health.”


Mayor Brown Announces New All-Women Management Team for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC)

Mayor Byron W. Brown, who also serves as chairman of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, today announced Brandye Merriweather has been appointed as BUDC President and Rebecca Gandour has been appointed as Executive Vice President.

The new management team replaces Peter Cammarata who is retiring after 14 years as president of the development agency.

“The president and executive vice president roles have a very productive and successful history at BUDC. This structure has set a strong foundation for the organization which I am confident Ms. Merriweather and Ms. Gandour will continue to build upon. Their promotions also highlight my commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially in leadership, as these two women serve as integral members of the City’s development team,” Mayor Brown said.

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