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City of Buffalo Press Releases

Posted on: June 25, 2021

Important Updates to Buffalo’s Recovery From the Covid-19 Pandemic 6-25-2021

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today urged residents to volunteer in the second of Buffalo’s 2021 Great

American Cleanup events which will take place Saturday, June 26 on the City’s west side.

This weekend’s cleanup will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with participants gathering at The Belle Center, 104

Maryland St. The Division of Citizen Services will have everything volunteers will need for the cleanup, including

vests, sunscreen, water, bags and other tools.

“The Great American Cleanup is a great way for neighborhoods, block clubs, families and individuals to help

cleanup and beautify neighborhoods throughout our City,” Mayor Brown said.

The City of Buffalo has participated in the Great American Cleanup every year since its inception in 1999. The

initiative has engaged thousands of community members in a neighborhood and park litter collection, shoreline

pick-up, recycling, and tree planting.

Residents interested in participating in this or future cleanups, or who want to host their own cleanup, can get

more information and register by emailing the Division of Citizen Services at:

Mayor Brown Welcomes 20th Annual Buffalo Marathon Weekend Runners

After a year off due to the COVID pandemic, the weekend of June 26th -27th will be a very special one for the

City of Buffalo as the Buffalo Marathon celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

“It’s great to have race weekend return after 2020’s COVID-19 hiatus. It’s also noteworthy that the Buffalo

Marathon and its associated races will be the first large-scale running event in New York State since the pandemic

was proclaimed in March of last year,” Mayor Brown said. “Good luck and God Speed to all participants.”

In addition to the marathon, half marathon and Heart-to-Heart relay on Sunday, there’s a full slate of events on

Saturday, including: the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital 5k, Ruffalo Stampede Dog Run, Kids Mini Marathon,

and Diaper Dash.

“All those running will be giving back to Buffalo, with a portion of race entry fees to be donated by the Buffalo

Marathon Association to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including our City’s Police Athletic League, which

provides year-round recreational opportunities and mentoring for our children, teens and young adults. When

this year’s tally is complete, Buffalo Marathon weekend runners will have donated more than $600,000 to

Buffalo’s nonprofit community!,” Mayor Brown said.

Downtown Buffalo to be Lit Up to Mark National Deaf/Blind Awareness Week

The dome of City Hall and the City’s BuffaloLIT partners will be lit up in Navy and Red to mark National Deaf

& Blind Awareness Week 2021. This year’s theme is: “DeafBlind Employees Can Help Businesses Grow with

Unique Insights and Perspectives.”

The essence of the message is that 2020 was a landmark year for improvements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

and disabled individuals have seen benefits of this progress. Talented employees who are DeafBlind are more

than doing their part to assist companies grow.

This national advocacy campaign has been held each year since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan issued a

proclamation in recognition of this meaningful week.

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