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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, April 28


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today thanked BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York for providing healthy snacks—prepared by Buffalo Strive and Jake’s Café—to members of the Police Department this morning at 68 Court Street to be distributed to the 5 police districts. It will also provide snacks to members of the Buffalo Fire Department on Wednesday, April 29th, through deliveries to firehouses citywide. In addition to these generous donations, BlueCross BlueShield donated $100,000 to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help address the most critical and immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and surrounding relief efforts.

Mayor Brown stated, “I am grateful for the willingness of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and other organizations for finding new ways to step up and recognize the hard work being done by all of the incredible first responders in our community. Their ability to find ways to support both our first responders and our restaurants is the kind of action that will help our City emerge stronger than ever from this. We truly are a City of Good Neighbors.”

Mayor Brown provides update on the Fire and Police Departments

Mayor Brown announced today that the number of COVID-19 infections at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments continue to decline.

  • 8 Firefighters are currently positive for the virus, and 16 others are on administrative leave as a precaution, 33 firefighters have recovered and returned to work;
  • 3 Police Officers are currently positive for the virus while 18 officers are out on administrative leave. 58 officers have recovered and returned to work.

The emergency response services provided by both Buffalo Police and Fire remain operational without any interruption   in services. The Administration continues to take precautions, including deep cleanings of Police Stations, Firehouses and vehicles, to help protect our first responders.

UPDATE: Feed Buffalo exceeds goal of assisting families in our community

Mayor Brown thanked Eight Days of Hope for providing groceries to 1,100 families in need, exceeding its goal by 100 families, through its new Feed Buffalo initiative. The program, launched on Thursday, April 23rd, supplied a family of four with enough food for seven days. Mayor Brown also thanked the Buffalo Bills Foundation, Buffalo Sabres Foundation, Rich Products, Crickler Vending, Elim Christian Fellowship Church, The Chapel, Watermark Wesleyan Church, 716 Ministries, Village Church and others for working together to facilitate this generous effort to help families in our community.


Grocery distributions announced for families in need

  • On Friday, May 1st, the Belle Center will be giving away bags of free groceries to families in need at 104 Maryland Street. The distribution runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

  • On Friday, May 8th, the Northland Workforce Training Center is partnering with Independent Health to distribute healthy food bags to East Side residents in need from 10:00 am to Noon at 683 Northland Avenue.

Census slump: Mayor Brown renews call for residents to complete questionnaires

The City of Buffalo’s census response continues to slowly rise, but all residents must complete their questionnaires in order for the City to tap into critical federal funding for programming, education, infrastructure and much more. The City’s census response rate, as of April 28th, stands at 41.6%, far behind the 53.4% national response rate. Please complete your questionnaire today at

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New COVID-19 website provides residents with important information

Mayor Brown encourages residents to visit the website,, a one-stop destination with the latest COVID-19 related news, policies and resources in the City of Buffalo.

The website includes information for small businesses, where to find free food distribution and meal sites, how to access support for older residents, help for those seeking employment, health and mental health guidance, ways people can help others through volunteering and donating, and a special “In Memoriam” section which pays tribute to those who lost their lives during this pandemic.

The page also features data and dashboards that show the impact of coronavirus at the city, county, state, national, and global level. For more information, please visit,

2020 paving season continues

Mayor Brown reminds residents that The City of Buffalo Residential Street Paving season is underway. This year, 120 streets will be paved citywide, as part of an over $10.5 million investment. During construction, signs will be posted alerting residents to parking restrictions on impacted streets from 7am to 7pm.

To view a tentative list of streets being paved this season, visit

Apply now for 2020 Love Your Block grants

The Love Your Block grant application deadline is May 20, 2020. Community-based groups and local small businesses are encouraged to apply for these mini-grants, of up to $1,500, to develop and implement volunteer-led neighborhood beautification projects that focuses on blighted areas. For more information visit

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