October 30 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today applauded the City of Buffalo Department of Permits and Inspection Services for receiving statewide recognition for its efforts to help people with disabilities become members of the City workforce. The award was presented as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.Permits and Inspection Services Commissioner James Comerford received the award from the Western New York Employment Consortium. The New York State Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation nominated Permits and Inspection Services for hiring two individuals with disabilities through the 55-A program.Mayor Brown stated, “I congratulate Commissioner James Comerford and the Department of Permits and Inspection Services for taking my directive seriously to foster an inclusive workforce. This recognition by the WNY Employment Consortium reflects the important role that different perspectives play in continuing to grow Buffalo’s workforce success.”“Mayor Brown charged our department with hiring a staff that looks like the City of Buffalo. We took this charge seriously and our proud to be recognized. The award really goes to our two employees who have served the City of Buffalo well and have been a welcome addition to our department,” said Commissioner James Comerford Jr.The theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month was Inclusion Drives Innovation. Other agencies receiving the award ECC City Campus, Harmac Industries, Tonawanda Public Library, D’Avolia, Beachwood Services, etc.