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Posted on: April 19, 2021

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

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced registration is open for the inaugural Spring session of the Game Changers Youth Basketball Program.


“This marks an expansion of this extremely successful program my Administration launched in 2013. By adding Spring and Fall outdoor sessions, hundreds more young boys and girls will be able to take part,” Mayor Brown said. “Game Changers is much more than a basketball program. Game Changers offers City youth a free, safe environment to play ball and learn critical life skills.”


The Game Changers program has historically been offered as a single, six-week session held in late Fall at the Delavan/ Grider and Belle Community Centers. Game Changers 2021 will kick-off its first-ever Spring season basketball drills/skills and mentoring program in May. The sessions will take place four weekends in a row between May 1 through May 22 on Saturdays (10am – 1pm) at Masten Park. Rain dates will be on Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Since its inception in 2013, more than 1,500 City of Buffalo youth have taken part in Game Changers sessions.


For more information and on-line registration, visit: Only 100 slots are available, so register now!


Spring Bulk Trash Collection Is Underway in the Fillmore District

Fillmore District residents are reminded to follow all bulk trash rules and parking restrictions during bulk trash week, which continues through Saturday, April 24. Residents should have items out to the curb all week, so they don’t miss the pick-up which can occur any day, not the regular garbage and recycling day.


Bulk Trash Week Rules:

  • Posted parking restrictions will be enforced during bulk trash weeks.
  • Curbside bulk trash piles cannot not exceed 12 ft. long, 3 ft. wide and 3 ft. high.
  • Electronic trash, such as televisions and computers, are not allowed to be placed in bulk trash.
  • Tires are not permitted to be disposed of in bulk trash.


City Diaper Drive Continues Through Friday

The City of Buffalo is continuing its effort to assist the Durham Memorial AME Zion Church’s Maternal Stress-Free Zone by collecting diapers, pull-ups and feminine hygiene products. The Diaper Drive, which kicked off with in-person donations at


the Church on March 27th, will continue at City Hall through Friday, April 23rd.


Donations can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office, Room 201, City Hall. Checks can also drop off checks to benefit the Durham program.  Checks should be made payable to: Durham Maternal Stress-Free Zone.


The City of Buffalo’s 2021 Infrastructure Improvement Season is Now in Full Swing

Buffalo’s Commissioner of Public Works, Parks & Streets, Michael Finn, P.E., reminds motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to be aware of multiple new and continuing street, bridge, sidewalk projects.

Here’s a list of on-going and soon to start projects with vehicular/pedestrian impacts:

Virginia-Burton Complete Streets – Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Phase 4

Virginia Street is scheduled to be closed between Main and Ellicott streets when work gets underway the week of April 19th. The Washington Street intersection to remain open to north-south vehicle traffic.

Cars Sharing Main Street – Lower Main: Scott to Exchange

Sidewalk along east side of Track 2, between Exchange Street and north side of Erie Canal Harbor Station, remains closed.

Niagara Street – Phase 3: Hampshire to Forest

Lane restrictions

Niagara Street – Phase 4A: Forest to Hertel

Temporary Lane restrictions and new traffic layout during construction.

Abbott Road Streetscape Phase 1: Southside to Meriden

Lane restrictions

Main Street Paving: Ferry Street to Delavan Avenue

Lane restrictions; Parking lane along east side of street northbound and west side of street southbound, closed between Ferry and Delevan.

Ohio Street and Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge Rehabilitations

Michigan Lift Bridge continues to be closed to vehicular traffic, and also navigational traffic for portions of the work.

Downtown Entertainment District:

Chippewa Street is closed to vehicular traffic from S. Elmwood Avenue to Franklin Street, Lane restriction along Franklin Street, from Huron Street to Court Street


City of Buffalo and BuffaloLIT Partners to Light Up for Freelance Business Week

The dome of City Hall and many other downtown buildings will be lit up in blue tonight to mark Freelance Business Week.

The City of Buffalo joins Austin, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Kansas City, and Tampa as places where organizers are collaborating, bringing local freelance business owners, leaders, and supporters together for five days to help freelance businesses expand their networks. Virtual and in-person sessions throughout the week include workshops, interactive panel discussions, talks from experts, and breakout sessions to sustain and grow the freelance business community.

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