Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron Brown has set a goal to reduce the City Hall carbon footprint by 40% in 2020. His 20+20=40 plan will include more flexible scheduling and a percentage of staff working from home. The 20+20= 40 plan to reduce our carbon footprint will be unveiled at the lifting of the PAUSE order, but Commissioners and Department Heads have been tasked with producing a plan to present to our labor unions. The Mayor is asking for the cooperation of the Common Council and the Comptroller for implementation when we return to City Hall.
Mayor Brown said, “The health and safety of our people and our planet couldn’t be any more clear than it is on this Earth Day. What the pandemic has demonstrated is that much of our workforce is extremely productive working from home, even under these difficult circumstances, and none of our essential services have been interrupted. Going forward, we need to implement the lessons we have learned from this new normal. We are building out the infrastructure so that city operations can continue uninterrupted through future weather events and emergencies. This is good for our workforce, taxpayers, residents and businesses. The impact of this goal will be reduction in the number of vehicles traveling to City Hall every day and reduction in energy usage, water consumption, and waste generated in the building. This is a smart approach to keep people healthy and to protect our environment.”
Also as part of the City’s Earth Day celebration, Mayor Brown encouraged City residents to continue to participate in the virtual Earth Week activities. Thursday’s activity teaches residents how to fix a lamp, courtesy of our partners at Dare to Repair. Buffalo Recycles will post the video on Facebook at 10 am on Thursday, April 23. Show us your finished project by tagging us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @recyclebuffalo. For more information, go to www.buffalony.gov.
Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit GREEN in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Today, Mayor Brown announced the beginning of the 2020 City of Buffalo Residential Street Paving Season. This year, 120 streets will be paved citywide, as part of a nearly $10.5 million investment. During construction, signs will be posted alerting residents to parking restrictions on impacted streets from 7am to 7pm.
Weather permitting, construction will begin on the following streets starting Monday, April 27:
Mayor Brown announced today that the Love Your Block grant application deadline has been extended to May 20, 2020. Community-based groups and local small businesses can apply for mini-grants, up to $1,500, to develop and implement volunteer-led neighborhood beautification projects that focuses on blighted areas. For the program’s second year, applications are being accepted from anywhere within the city of Buffalo. For more information visit buffaloveyourblock.org.
Mayor Brown reminds local business owners that they have until Friday to participate in a survey assessing the full economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Western New York. Last week, Mayor Brown announced that the City of Buffalo joined the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and other partners in gathering information that will help the public and private sectors better understand how to address potential gaps in available resources and coordinate efforts during the economic recovery period. The survey asks employers for their input on a number of issues, including lost revenue, workforce impacts, and their ability to operate remotely. To take the survey, visit www.thepartnership.org/ImpactSurvey.
Mayor Brown continues to urge residents to fill out their census questionnaires. While the City’s response rate, as of April 22nd, climbed to 40.2% and inched closer to Mayor Brown’s goal of 45%, Buffalo still lags behind the 51% national response rate. Without an accurate count, the City of Buffalo will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding needed for community programming. Please complete your questionnaire at 2020Census.gov.
Mayor Brown stated, “While I am pleased that our response rate number keeps inching up every day, more needs to done in order to secure much-needed federal funding that will be essential in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency. I am calling on the community to take action today and respond to their questionnaires if they have not yet done so. Let’s strive for 45% by Sunday.”
Mayor Brown reminds City of Buffalo youth that the deadline to apply for his Summer Youth Employment Program is this Friday, April 24, by 4:30 pm. The program gives young City residents the opportunity to gain real work experience while earning money. To apply, visit www.buffalony.gov/msyapp.
The historic Broadway Market’s popular curbside service program continues until further notice. Shoppers can call a participating Broadway Market vendor(s), place a pre-paid order and then pick-up their product(s). Same day service is now available, with no need to reserve a pick-up time. The program runs Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm. For more information about the program, including a list of participating vendors, visit www.buffalony.gov.
Mayor Brown and Buffalo Blues for Veterans say, “Thank You” to the community, after they helped raise more than $3,000 to help veterans during the Coronavirus crisis. You can help while also enjoying some great music on Sunday, April 26, when it hosts its 5th concert featuring local musicians. It runs from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, for more information visit the Buffalo Blues Live Stream Series Facebook page.
Mayor Brown thanks Buffalo Bills Defensive End Jerry Hughes, his wife Meghan and the Pegula COVID-19 Fund for donating 400 meals to the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments. The meals, prepared by The Grange Community Kitchen in Hamburg, were distributed at to the Buffalo Police’s B District, located at 695 Main Street and Buffalo Fire’s Engine 2 located at Elmwood and Virginia.
Mayor Brown said, “I thank Jerry Hughes, his wife Meghan and Kim and Terry Pegula for this incredible token of gratitude. Our first responders have been working around the clock since the COVID-19 emergency began and it is gestures like these that show them how much they mean to us all. We truly are a City of Good Neighbors.”
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