Buffalo, New York – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that he is modifying his Swearing-In Ceremony to better protect the health and safety of the Buffalo community as coronavirus cases continue to rise. At the same time, he was pleased to invite community members to his virtual Oath of Office Ceremony to be streamed live on Friday, December 31st at 11:00 AM on facebook.com/MayorByronBrown and buffalony.gov/inauguration.
“The health and safety of our community is our top priority and during these unique times, we must find new approaches to every aspect of what we do, including our traditional inaugural activities,” said Mayor Brown. “With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise, we have decided that it is in the best interest of residents and City staff to limit the number of people attending Friday’s Swearing-In Ceremony. While I’m disappointed that we will not come together as a community to celebrate with an in-person ceremony, I invite everyone to join us in watching the ceremony on many of our City’s communication platforms.”
Mayor Brown first took the oath of office as the 62nd Mayor of Buffalo, New York on December 31, 2005. He was re-elected to a historic fifth four-year term following an unprecedented write-in campaign victory in November of 2021, making him the longest-serving Mayor in Buffalo’s history.
In accordance with guidance from public health officials, Mayor Brown’s Swearing-In Ceremony will take place virtually. It can be viewed live on facebook.com/MayorByronBrown at 11:00 AM on New Year’s Eve, as well as at buffalony.gov/inauguration. In order to ensure the health of our community, Mayor Brown will only be joined by his immediate family for this event. We hope to be able to safely gather together for an in-person, inclusive, and festive celebration very soon.
Credentialed members of the media can contact Michael DeGeorge at (716) 341-9522 for information on attending the virtual Oath of Office Ceremony.