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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 04-06-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today honored 12 individuals who provide exemplary service to the City of Buffalo and its residents. The virtual City recognition ceremony was part of of National Service Recognition Day, which annually honors volunteers throughout the U.S.

“The commitment to service on the part of these individuals defines why Buffalo is ‘The City of Good Neighbors.’ From the AmeriCorps/VISTA members who work in City government and nonprofit organizations, to SeniorCorps members who serve the community in their retirement years, your invaluable efforts make Buffalo a better place,” Mayor Brown said. “These remarkable volunteers help fight poverty, provide health services, uplift neighborhoods, welcome immigrants and refugees, help young people with schoolwork, and much more, and we are proud to honor them on this special day.”

Those honored today are: Hailey Whitney, AmeriCorps/VISTA; Betty Grazes, SeniorCorps; Theresa Werick, AmeriCorps NYS; Jessica Starks, AmeriCorps/VISTA; Madelaine Hamilton, AmeriCorps/VISTA; Alexandra Swain, AmeriCorps NYS; Susy Throop, AmeriCorps City Year; Abigail Hughes, AmeriCorps/VISTA; Igow Omar, YouthBuild; Yann Spindler, AmeriCorps NYS; Walter Monahan, SeniorCorps, and Buffalo Police Department Captain Tommy Champion, Director of Community Policing.

Mayor Brown Visits Pop-Up Covid Vaccination Site

Mayor Brown today visited the New York State Pop-Up vaccination site at Pilgrim Baptist Church at 655 Michigan. The Mayor thanked Gov. Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health for staging the one-day clinic to reach one of Buffalo’s vulnerable communities.

Mayor Brown also urged Buffalo residents to sign up to get vaccinated now that there is an increased number of available appointments, vaccine supplies are more plentiful, and the state has dropped the age requirement to all persons age 16 and up. For more information on Covid vaccination clinics and testing sites visit:

Mayor Brown Joins BankOnBuffalo to Announce New Bank Branch in the Northland Corridor

Mayor Brown joined BankOnBuffalo President Martin T. Griffin to announce the bank will establish a branch in the Northland Central Building, at 683 Northland Ave., in the Northland Beltline Corridor later this year. 

BankOnBuffalo plans to introduce a new, state-of-the-art, highly customer-interactive, Smart Center concept with this branch. Among its features will be a Smart Station that will allow customers to use interactive video to perform such transactions as making deposits, withdrawals, and loan payments, cashing checks, and checking on account balances and loan payoffs.

 “BankOnBuffalo’s SMART banking center here in the Northland Central building, will offer next generation, electronic- focused banking options to serve all those on the growing Northland campus, as well as the residents of the Northland Corridor and Buffalo’s East Side,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said. “I thank Marty Griffith and BankOnBuffalo for this additional investment and partnership with the transformational Northland Corridor project, as we continue the effort to make the Northland campus a premier business, educational and tourism destination for the East Side and the City of Buffalo.”

“We are truly excited to bring BankOnBuffalo’s special hands-on approach to business and personal banking to the growing number of people participating in Northland Central activities,” said Griffith said. “This new branch will further demonstrate BankOnBuffalo’s strong commitment to the Northland Workforce Training Center and the entire East Side community.”

In 2019, BankOnBuffalo pledged $100,00 over five years to support operation of the Workforce Training Center, as well as to provide tuition assistance to its students and also debuted its first non-bank ATM at the Center.

Chippewa Street Construction Closure

Downtown motorists are reminded that Chippewa Street is closed to vehicular traffic, between S. Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street for infrastructure and streetscape improvement. Intersections at S. Elmwood and Delaware avenues and Franklin St. remain open for North-South traffic. Chippewa Street also remains open for pedestrian traffic and all businesses are open.

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