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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Important Updates to Buffalo’s Recovery From the Covid-19 Pandemic 08-11-2021

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown, Masten District Council Member Wingo, Sr. and the City’s Division of Citizens Services today held the second in a series of Clean Sweep Power Pop-Ups.

The pop-up event, which was held in the parking lot of Elim Christian Fellowship, at 70 Chalmers Avenue, provided residents an opportunity to meet with representatives of 17 healthcare providers and job training, employment, housing and legal agencies and organizations. Pop-Up visitors also received a free lunch.

“The Power Pop-Ups are taking our award-winning Operation Clean Sweep initiative to the next level. Our Clean Sweeps include door-to-door distribution of information about available services, but through the Power Pop-Up series, residents are able to meet face-to-face with service providers,” Mayor Brown said. “This direct interaction is especially important as we recover from the pandemic and we work to help our residents work to get their lives back on track.”

City officials and Buffalo Police Department Community Police Officers were also on hand to meet with residents.

The Mayor’s Impact Team performed clean ups on five properties and removed an abandoned boat. The Clean Sweep crew visited 128 residences. This was the 15th Clean Sweep of 2021.


Mayor Brown Praises $2 Million Historic Restoration of Buffalo History Museum

Mayor Brown today applauded the results of the second phase of restorations at the Buffalo History Museum. A morning ribbon cutting marked the official unveiling of the museum’s redesigned lakeside entrance and portico on the Delaware Park side of the landmark building, following a $2 million restoration that brings back its architect’s vision from more than 120 years ago.

“The new entrance and Penfield Portico mark the completion of yet another phase of the Museum’s new Master Plan and builds on my Administration’s nearly $1.2 million investment in the Buffalo History Museum since 2006,” Mayor Brown said. “As the keeper of exhibits, artifacts, books and photographs that tell the story of Buffalo, the Buffalo History Museum has served as a treasured cultural institution in our community for generations. I can’t think of a better way to honor the museum’s 120-year history.”

Mayor Brown thanked philanthropists Richard and Karen Penfold and all those involved in the public-private funding partnership which made the historic restoration possible.

The two-year project returns the park entryway to active use after more than 35 years of inaccessibility, while also creating an expansive 4,400-square-foot gallery that can be used as flexible space for programming, exhibits, private events or school field trips.

Keep on Reading!

Mayor Brown today encouraged Buffalo youth in grades K-12 to keep reading and submitting book summaries as his 20th Annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge closes in on its August 20 deadline.

Prizes for Challenge #2 will be drawn the week of August 23. Champion Readers who complete BOTH Challenge #1 and Challenge #2 will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing which will take place during Mayor Brown’s Virtual Reading Rules! Awards Ceremony which will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Every Champion Reader will receive a 2021 Reading Rules Diploma, as well as a Bonus Prize Envelope filled with an assortment of prizes. Those bonus prizes include such items as: bicycles, bike helmets, laptops, Kindles, Fitbits, backpacks filled with school supplies, academic scholarship funds, and gift cards to Dick’s, Target, and other retailers.

For more information on Reading Rules!, upload book summaries and find out how to get free books for the competition, visit:


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