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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 03-31-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today applauded Governor Cuomo’s quick signing of the sweeping marijuana legalization bill which was passed by the New York State Legislature on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

“I support the legalization of marijuana in New York State and I’ve said that for some time. I know the bill considered a number of concerns that people had, that district attorneys had. I think the bill certainly has taken those things into consideration and I support legalization moving forward,” Mayor Brown said.

Mayor Brown praised Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes for her tireless efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, the resulting expunging of criminal records, and the creation of new revenue streams that will benefit the City of Buffalo.

“The Majority Leader never gave up on reaching this historic day. The legalization of marijuana will have a profound effect on communities of color across the state, and here in the City of Buffalo, and I thank Crystal People-Stokes for being the driving force in this effort,” Mayor Brown added.

The bill was passed by the Legislature late Tuesday night and signed by the Governor 12 hours later, will not go into effect until September 2022 to allow time for all policies and regulations regarding recreational marijuana to be put in place.


Clock Ticking Down on Applications for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship & Employment Program

Buffalo’s young residents have until Midnight tonight to submit online applications for the 2021 Mayor’s Summer Internship & Employment Program.

“Last year 1,250 young people were able to learn and earn over the summer months in several capacities. This year we are again looking to provide the same opportunities to even more youth so please join the already more than 1,400 city of Buffalo youth who have applied to the program,” said Otis T. Barker, Sr., Commissioner of Community Services and Recreational Programming.

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.

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

Countdown to Easter at The Broadway Market

With only 3 full shopping days left until Easter, Buffalo’s historic Broadway Market is the one-stop shopping destination for all things Easter.

The Market’s Easter hours are: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 1 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 2 - 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Holy Saturday, April 3 - 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Easter Bunny will be at the Market: Tomorrow, April 1 and Good Friday, April 2 from Noon to 6 p.m., and on Holy Saturday, April 3 from Noon to 4 p.m.

The market is closed on Easter Sunday, April 4th.

Chef Camille Le Caer will be back at the Market on Friday, April 2, from Noon to 7 p.m. The popular French chef will offer sweet and savory waffles:

Savory buckwheat tapioca Gluten-free waffles:

  • Bechamel sauce (cornstarch) Flat 12 Mushrooms, ham, cheese, parsley $10
  • Spinach, goat cheese, honey, toasted walnuts, sweet potatoes $10

Sweet waffles:

  • Nutella, homemade whipped cream, artisan vanilla ice cream from Billionaire Creamery $10
  • Sea salt caramel ganache, caramel piece, sea salt caramel artisan ice cream from Billionaire Creamery $10
  • Mascarpone ricotta cream & raspberry jam, strawberry pieces & lemon mascarpone artisan ice cream, from Billionaire Creamery $10

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 Joins Sen. Schumer to Detail How the Federal Child Tax and Earned Income Tax Credits Will Benefit Buffalo Residents

Mayor Brown joined Sen. Charles Schumer at Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum this morning to discuss the dramatic positive benefits the Child Tax and Earned Income tax credit increases will have on Buffalo’s children and their families, as well as many other households.

The tax credits, which are part of the American Recovery Plan, are expected to lift more than half of Buffalo’s children out of poverty and put low-income households on a path of financial stability.

“I thank Senator Schumer for his tireless work on these tax credits which will make an immense difference in the City of Buffalo. The Child Tax Credit increase is one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever adopted to cut child poverty,” Mayor Brown said.

“These credits will not only help kids and their families and other households living under or near the poverty line, they will also lift the entire economy by putting extra funds in pockets,” Sen. Schumer said.

The expanded Child Tax Credit increases the amount from $2,000 to $3,000 per child between ages 6 to 17, and up to $3,600 for children under age 6, and makes the child tax credit fully refundable for 2021.

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