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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, April 8


Buffalo, NY – Today,  Mayor Byron W.  Brown thanked Buffalo Sewer Authority employees for treating billions of gallons of water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, health care, business use and recreation. On April 8, 1935, the public benefit corporation was created and tasked with providing an effectual means of relieving the Niagara River and other tributary streams from pollution by sewage and waste.

“I thank all of the employees at the Buffalo Sewer Authority for what they do day in and day out to provide thousands of residents and businesses with clean water,” said Mayor Brown. “For 85 years, these employees have worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to deliver one of the most necessary resources on the planet to our community. I want to recognize Buffalo Sewer Authority General Manager Oluwole McFoy for his steadfast leadership in making our system and practices a model for other municipalities across the nation.”

"I would like to thank Mayor Brown for recognizing Buffalo Sewer’s years of service to the city, and would also like to  thank all of our employees, past and current for their dedication to providing an essential service to their neighbors," said General Manager McFoy, "It’s during times like this that everyone remembers that water connects us all and that clean and safe water is essential to life."

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Mayor Brown issues Passover statement

Mayor Brown stated, “Tonight, members of the Jewish faith all across the City of Buffalo will begin the celebration of Passover. While my heart aches for families being forced to be physically apart during this COVID-19 emergency, social distancing is the only way we can successfully protect public health and safety at the moment. The City of Buffalo remains united in this crisis and we are stronger because of our diversity.”

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Local distillery donates hand sanitizer to protect City of Buffalo First Responders

Mayor Brown thanked a local distillery for donating hand sanitizer that is helping to protect members of the City of Buffalo Fire and Police Departments. Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery, located at 65 Vandalia Street in the City’s historic Old First Ward Neighborhood, donated 330 gallons of hand sanitizer, produced in the City of Buffalo, to the departments this afternoon.

“I thank Lakeward Spirits owner Steve Bystran for stepping up to help protect our first responders who are on the front lines of this situation,” said Mayor Brown. “I also commend him for altering his operation to create a product that others can use to protect themselves from the Coronavirus. It is that kind of adaptability that will help our City continue to thrive during this emergency.”

Lakeward Spirits was founded in 2016 and specializes in making high-quality vodkas, gins, rums and infusions. For more information visit

City of Buffalo Planning, Preservation and Zoning Board April meetings are Canceled

Mayor Brown announced today that the following board meetings are canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency:

  • April 6th Planning Board Meeting
  • April 16th Preservation Board Meeting
  • April 22nd Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
  • April 20th Planning Board Meeting
  • April 30th Preservation Board Meeting

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Mayor Brown praises Charter Communications for increasing wages for employees

Charter Communications is raising its minimum wage to $20/hour by 2022. This includes an immediate increase of $1.50/ hour for frontline field technicians and customer service call center employees, bringing their wages to $16.50/hour.

Mayor Brown said: “I have spent my career fighting to raise wages for workers, both in the City of Buffalo with living wage legislation, and across New York State as Chair of Governor Cuomo’s Fast Food Wage Board. I applaud Charter Communications for raising wages for their employees, who are ensuring that our residents remain connected to their friends and family, their classrooms and their work.”

Local Companies are hiring!

Local job experts continue to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  If you are looking for work, call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions.


Mayor Brown invites residents to Light It Blue Thursday night

Mayor Byron W. Brown is asking residents to light their homes blue on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in support of responders, medical staff and teams on the front lines of the COVID-19 virus. On Tuesday, Mayor Brown asked the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT) to light their structures blue tomorrow as part of the NFL’s national event, joining stadiums across the country, including New Era Field.

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The Broadway Market: Open Easter Week (8 am- 6 pm)

Mayor Byron W. Brown reminded people that the Broadway Market’s year-round vendors are open. The Mayor urges people to shop safely by utilizing the special curbside pick-up option now through Saturday, April 11, 2020. For more information about the Broadway Market Curbside Pick-Up program and a list of participating vendors, go to

Complete Your Census

Mayor Brown continues to urge residents to complete their 2020 Census forms. As of April 8th, the City of Buffalo’s response rate is 36.1%, which lags behind the New York State response rate of 40%. An undercount of the City’s population can mean a loss of millions of dollars in federal funding used for quality programming in our community. Please visit to fill out your form.



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