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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, May 29


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that more than 200 small businesses have registered on the City’s new Reopen Buffalo webpage. The online resource enhances the City’s ability to communicate with small businesses through the registry. Businesses can also share information about their reopening status with the community. Reopen Buffalo features an interactive map and directory, as well as links to additional resources including: Business Health and Safely Guidelines, Bid Opportunities, Minority and Women-owned Business Services, New York Forward information, and a guide on how to start a small business in the City of Buffalo. For more information, go to

Many businesses are adapting to COVID-19 by expanding their services outdoors to ensure proper social distancing. Members of the City of Buffalo’s Small Business Social Distancing Initiative Working Group, which is comprised of private sector experts and City officials, is developing an application that small businesses can submit public open space use plans as a means of promoting proper social distancing to protect patrons and employees. The application will be available Monday, June 1st at

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released updated guidelines for reopening during Phase Two. Industries included in this phase include Offices, Real Estate Service, Commercial Building Management, Retail, Vehicle Sales, Salons and Barbershops. To learn more about the guidelines or to see a Safety Plan Template, visit

For businesses allowed to reopen, the Office of Permits and Inspection Services is assisting companies with any specific permit and licensing needs that cannot be met online at For licenses, call 851-6583 or 851-4951. For permits, call 851-4935 or 851-5033.

Community rallies to help residents in need

Mayor Brown today partnered with FeedMore WNY, WUFO-AM 1080/Power 96.5 FM and the McGuire Development Co., LLC, for a free Emergency Food Kit and mask distribution at 425 Michigan Avenue in the African American Heritage Corridor. Hundreds of families received free food, information on the 2020 Census and masks to help protect themselves against COVID-19, which has killed more than 101,000 Americans.

The City of Buffalo lights up for first responders

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit BLUE in honor of the first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Brown provides update on COVID-19 infections at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments

Mayor Brown announced today the number of COVID-19 infection recoveries continues to improve at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments.

  • 1 Firefighter is currently positive for the virus, and 8 others are on administrative leave as a precaution, 41 firefighters have recovered and returned to work;
  • 3 Police Officers are currently positive for the virus while 14 officers are out on administrative leave. 68 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.

Mayor Brown urges community to participate in the 2020 Census

Mayor Brown continues to push for 100% community participation in the 2020 Census. The City’s response rate as of Friday, May 29th, is 48.2%, without an accurate Census count, Buffalo loses its fair share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to support infrastructure improvements, education, vital community programming and more. Complete your questionnaire at

Mayor Brown to unveil new Uncut video Saturday

Mayor Brown today announced the release of the latest video in the new online series, “City of Buffalo Behind the Scenes Uncut Videos,” a collection of videos shot by City employees on their cellphones, providing residents with tips and insights on City services and ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency.

The videos are posted on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The eighth video features Community Services Commissioner Otis T. Barker, Sr. reminding residents to check on a senior citizen. For more information, “Like” @ MayorByronBrown on Facebook, follow him on Instagram via @MayorByronBrown716, and on Twitter @MayorByronBrown.

Tune in to “Talk of the Town with Mayor Brown” Sunday

Mayor Brown continues to expand efforts to keep residents informed on important updates in our community. Tune in to his new radio show, “Talk of the Town with Mayor Brown,” Sunday, May 31st, at 1pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080 AM/ Power 96.5 for the latest on what is happening in the City of Buffalo.

100+ residents connected to jobs through The Buffalo Employment and Training Center during pandemic

Mayor Brown congratulates the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) for helping 104 residents find work since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents looking for work can get assistance by calling 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote, one-on-one counseling sessions.

Help maintain WNY blood supply by giving blood

ConnectLife says donor appointments continue to diminish and dozens of June blood drives have been canceled. Mayor Brown is asking healthy residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or to host a blood drive, visit

Connecting residents to COVID-19 testing

If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, find the closest test site near you by visiting The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, 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 this resource by visiting www.buffalony. gov/SubmitTestSite.

Promoting health and wellness in Buffalo

Mayor Brown is pleased to celebrate Buffalo Public Schools Virtual Wellness Week, May 25-29th. Today, he encouraged students and their families, staff and City residents to take part in a series of daily activities that promote health and wellness. Today marked ‘Fitness Friday’. Participants are being asked to dress in workout gear from another decade. Use #buffalofitnessfriday on the post. For more information, visit

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