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Posted on: May 11, 2021

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today received the national African American Mayors Association’s 2021 Maynard Jackson Award. The award, which recognizes mayors for excellence in economic development, was given to Mayor Brown during the Association’s virtual Annual Conference.

In his acceptance speech, Mayor stated:

“I would like to thank the African American Mayor’s Association President, Mayor McKinley L. Price of Newport News, VA, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff for recognizing me with the Maynard Jackson Economic Development Award.

In 2006, when I took office as Mayor, the City of Buffalo had a struggling economy. Small businesses faced many challenges, job creation was slow, and the City was filled with vacant unsalvageable structures. In order to rebuild Buffalo’s economy, I developed a plan to focus on what made Buffalo special. We are a proud City with hardworking people. A City that never gives up. A diverse City made up of families that have been here for generations as well as new Americans who resettled here to find a better life.

Like Maynard Jackson was the first Black mayor of Atlanta, GA, I am Buffalo’s first Black mayor. While working to stabilize the economy, I have always focused on equity and opportunity for all.

My administration has leveraged City, State, and private resources to create place-based solutions such as the Northland Workforce Training Center, The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center to provide technical assistance to minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, and infrastructure improvements to rebuild Buffalo’s historically disinvested communities.

 It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition in the name of the late Mayor Maynard Jackson. I will continue to grow the City of Buffalo as a place of opportunity for all people by following the critically important principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

 The award was presented at the African American Mayor’s Association Annual Legacy Awards. The award, named in honor of the late Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first Black mayor, recognizes a current or former mayor for outstanding work in municipal economic development efforts. Mayor Brown was recognized for his exceptional economic development efforts in the City of Buffalo, nominated by mayors from across the country.


Mayor Brown Urges Buffalo Residents and Businesses to Become PAL “Camp Champs”


The Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL) has kicked off its 2021 “Camp Champ” Giving Campaign. The fundraiser provides Buffalo with a range of youth fun and educational summer experiences.

There are seven sponsorship tiers, ranging from $50 up to $1,000:

$50 – Provides fitness equipment, athletic apparel, and sneakers for kids and teens participating in PAL PLAYSTREETS sports and fitness programming

$75 – Provides books, academic supplies, and snacks for PAL youth participating in 6-week educational summer camps

$100 – Provides one child with 6-weeks of educational summer camp and daily meals

$150 – Provides one child with 6-weeks of ‘Love to Serve’ tennis camp and PAL golf clinics at Delaware Park

$250 – Provides two children with weekend camping trips to Allegany State Park (cover overnight lodging, meals and transportation)

$500 – Provides five children with 6-weeks of educational summer camp and daily meals

$1,000 – Appoints donor an official sponsor of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s 20th Anniversary Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge

To make an online donation visit: If you have questions about PAL summer program and donations email:

Ohio Street Lift Bridge Closed to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic Until Summer 2022

 The Ohio Street Lift Bridge, between Louisiana Street and Ganson Street, is now closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to facilitate a major $15 million bridge repair and rehabilitation project. The bridge is expected to remain closed until Summer 2022.

Detour signs are posted rerouting drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to Michigan and Ganson streets. Commercial and recreational water traffic will be maintained for the duration of the project.


It’s Spring Bulk Trash Week in the Masten District

 Masten District residents are reminded to follow all posted parking restrictions to make way for Bulk Trash collection, which will take place through Saturday, May 15th. Residents are also asked to have all their bulk trash items at the curb, so it’s ready for pick up. Bulk trash collection will take place very day this week, not just on regular garbage and recycling days.


In addition to following rules on what can be put in bulk trash, residents are reminded that ALL posted parking restrictions will be enforced to make way for trash collection.


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.

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