Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today continued urging federal lawmakers to pass legislation that will provide federal disaster relief to state and local governments grappling with lost revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HEROES Act, which was proposed by the House of Representatives, would provide the City of Buffalo over $1 billion in relief aid over the next two years. That funding would not only close the anticipated revenue stream gaps but also provide stimulus funding for the City to undertake infrastructure and improvement projects that would help accelerate hiring and spur the local economic recovery.
Mayor Brown stated, "The Democrats’ HEROES Act recognizes the important role local and state government spending will need to play if the American economy is going to recover quickly and robustly. Its provisions will allow us to retain our City workforce, ensure the effective delivery of vital services, and make critical improvements to our hard and digital infrastructures. My Administration, through my Recommended Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget, is ready to deploy any federal relief we receive to help spur our local economy and mitigate the negative economic impact we have all experienced as a result of COVID-19. I encourage our Congressional leaders to act quickly so we can receive this funding in a time frame when it will do the most good and thank the members of the Western New York delegation for their tireless work."
Mayor Brown reminds City residents to cooperate with the City’s alternate parking rules. Please obey the “No Parking 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday” signs. The alternate side parking is needed to ensure that emergency vehicles can get down those streets.
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is holding its annual fundraising luncheon virtually this year due to the Coronavirus. Spring into Summer Reimagined will be held online via the digital platform, OneCause. Guests will be able to make donations, access a basket raffle and a wine pull, flip through this year’s program book, and watch program videos. In the desire to highlight everyone’s bright and colorful hats and/or bowties, which have become a fashion statement for Olmsted spirit, a special social media contest, Hats Off to Olmsted, will launch on May 18th and culminate with the final program on May 21st.
Net proceeds from the virtual event will go directly toward maintenance and operations, while supporting the nonprofit’s efforts to provide quality public spaces for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit www.bfloparks.org/sis2020.
ConnectLife says that the need for blood by local hospitals has increased by 20%. Mayor Brown is urging healthy, COVID-19
symptom-free residents to donate to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
With traffic three times higher than usual on the City’s website since the launch of covid19.buffalony.gov this page has demonstrated it is serving as an important and information-filled online resource for residents interested in learning about the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are interested in getting tested, visit the new testing location map on the website. The map contains a list of all COVID-19 testing sites citywide as well as addresses, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to the map by visiting www.buffalony.gov/SubmitTestSite.
The Census response rate for the City of Buffalo continues to grow, but still falls short when compared to the national rate of 59%. As of Thursday, May 14th, the City of Buffalo’s response rate is 46.7%. An accurate count is needed for the City to be able to access hundreds of millions of Federal dollars for education, infrastructure improvements, community programs and much more. To complete your questionnaire, visit 2020Census.gov
Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit TURQUOISE to honor National Women’s Lung Health Week.
On Friday, May 15th, the City of Buffalo will open tennis courts in parks with safe physical distancing measures in place. 20 of the 41 City park tennis courts will be open use by the public.
The list of parks with open tennis courts include:
JFK Park (Pine/Clinton St.) – 2 of 4 courts open Houghton Park (Spann/Casimir St.) – 1 court open
McCarthy Park (East Amherst entrance) – 1 of 2 courts open Roosevelt Park (foot of Roosevelt Ave.) – 1 court open Hennepin Park (Hennepin/Greene St.) – 2 of 4 courts open Delaware Park (Police Radio Tower) – 2 of 5 courts open Delaware Park (near Colvin Entrance) – 2 of 4 courts open Delaware Park (McMillan/Nottingham) – 3 of 8 courts open Riverside Park (Tonawanda St.) – 1 of 2 courts open
MLK Park (near Greenhouse) – 2 of 4 courts open Front Park (Busti Ave.) – 1 of 2 courts open
Cazenovia Park (Warren Spahn Way) – 2 of 4 courts open
Tennis courts are available on a first come first serve basis. The City will monitor use and make changes as necessary.
On Friday, May 15th, the Belle Center will be giving away bags of free groceries to families in need at 104 Maryland Street. The distribution runs from 9 am to 1 pm.