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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Mayor Byron W. Brown's Daily Update 02-22-22

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today encouraged Buffalo youths to sign up for the Buffalo Police Athletic League’s Learn to Skate program, which kicks off on Thursday, February 24, at the Hennepin Community Center, located at 24 Ludington Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The City and the Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL) are partnering with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York to bring free ice-skating lessons to all City of Buffalo youth (K-12).

“This is a great opportunity for our young people to learn the life-long sport of ice skating. The lessons are free and ice skates will also be provided,” Mayor Brown said. “I thank the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for making the Learn to Skate program possible.”

Regular Learn to Skate sessions will be held every Saturday, Saturday, February 26 through April 2, at the Hennepin Community Center, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Learn to Skate program is held on new CAN ICE, synthetic ice surface, which was installed last fall at Hennepin. CAN ICE can be used year round, making it a four season asset.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit for more information.

The City of Buffalo’s first Lifeguard Certification Course is underway

The first round of lifeguard training kicked off Monday, February 21st, at the Cazenovia Park Pool, as the City works to grow the ranks of lifeguards ahead of the 2022 outdoor pool season.

The 5-day, winter break training course, marks the start of the City’s efforts to train and hire 100 new lifeguards so all 10 outdoor pools can open in July. Young people who successfully complete the course can earn $16 an hour working at City pools.

“Buffalo, like municipalities across the U.S. is facing a critical shortage of certified lifeguards. That shortage prevented the City from opening its popular outdoor pools last summer and our goal is to open as many pools as possible for the 2022 summer season,” Mayor Brown said. “I urge our young people, ages 16-21, to visit the PAL website to get on the list for future training sessions.”

Youth who are interested in participating in a future training class, or those interested in being a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Instructor, should visit for more information on future training classes.

Those who hold Red Cross lifeguard certification, can apply to be a lifeguard on the City’s website: jobs.aspx.

The Allen Street Complete Phase 2 continues

Allen Street remains closed between Elmwood Avenue and Wadsworth Street, on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as work continues on Phase 2 of the Allen Street Complete project. Detours are posted.

Current work is concentrated on sewer line replacement work between Wadsworth and Mariner streets.

The Buffalo City Hall Dome and BuffaloLIT participants to light up for 2-22-22

The Buffalo City Hall dome is already lit ‘Red’ today, February 22, 2022, to mark Ch. 2 Day in the City of Buffalo, with members of BuffaloLIT taking part later this evening.

On this unique date of 2/22/22, WGRZ-TV and Channel 2 News ‘On Your Side’ celebrate the station’s 50th Anniversary broadcasting at its current location, at 259 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.

WGRZ is marking this historic day with a new initiative, inviting the community to help raise money, in $22 increments, for Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & WNY, which has served the needs of WNY’s sick, disabled and disadvantaged children for over 80 years.

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